SI Staff
Thursday January 1st, 2015

Selected visual wonderment from the big New Year's Day game between the Blackhawks and Capitals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Final score: Capitals 3, Blackhawks 2 on a Troy Brouwer goal with 12.9 seconds left in the third period.

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Classic finish: Troy Brouwer proved to be the hero in the final ticks of regulation.
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Mike Green of the Capitals sends a shower of chips into the air. Ice quality has been good.
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Brandon Saad tied the game 2-2 with his goal in the second period.
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford looks for the puck after stopping a shot.
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Jonathan Toews (19) and Andrew Shaw (65) celebrate as Patrick Sharp (not pictured) puts Chicago on the board.
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Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin put his team up 2-0 at 11:58 of the first.
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Eric Fehr opened the scoring by beating Chicago's Corey Crawford at 7:01 of the first period.
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Washington's Karl Alzner looking cool in shades.
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The teams are introduced on a sun-splashed afternoon.
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The Blackhawks warmed up with a little futbol.
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Billy Idol provides some pregame entertainment
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Fans filled Spectator Plaza before the game
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A pair of Ovechkin fans showed up early.
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Pregame festivities featured a little shinny between youth league teams.
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The crew sprays down the rink before pregame practice.
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