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The Washington Capitals do Halloween

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Oct. 30, 2014 11:26 PM
If there's one team in the National Hockey League that appears to have a lot of fun off the ice, it's the Washington Capitals, and it was finally their turn to have a team Halloween party. With every team Halloween party comes picture of our favourite superstars in hilarious costumes.

> We'll start with Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov who decided to dress up as The Three Musketeers for Halloween. It would make more sense if "The Three Musketeers" were all linemates but, that's not how the Capitals roll.

(Image courtesy of @aogr8)

Brooks Laich and his girlfriend Julianne Hough dressed up like Austin Powers and Felicity Shagwell... and we think thats groovy baby.

(Image courtesy of @juliannehough)

Liam O'Brien, Tom Wilson, Michael Latta and Joel Ward dressed up as characters from 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.' It would probably be pretty funny if they started an impromptu game of dodgeball in the middle of the party.

(Image courtesy of @tom_wilso)

Even the Capitals wives and girlfriends got in on the holiday fun!
(Image courtesy of @avv91)

And Ovechkin's friend Gus was an Angry Bird... or a confused bird.

I wish Halloween would never end. NHL players in costumes has been too much fun!

(H/T Russian Machine Never Breaks)

Star Wars Episode I: Michelle Beadle Strikes Back

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Oct. 30, 2014 9:07 PM
Not that long ago, in this galaxy, ESPN host and sports reporter Michelle Beadle found herself in an intense situation at SportsNation where she had to battle Stormtroopers and Darth Vader in an attempt to save her kidnapped co-hosts Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley. Watch below to see if she saved the day!

Of course Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a Jedi Master… that explains a lot. It was nice of the six-time NBA MVP to rescue Beadles' co-hosts while she was busy hanging out with Chewbacca. They needed an NBA champions help!

The sequence was a "SportsNation Star Wars Special" for Halloween. Good job ESPN! May the force be with you this Halloween season.

Good ol' fashion KHL line brawl

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 30, 2014 7:15 PM

That picture is a result of an insane melee from a KHL game between Sibir Novosibirsk and Slovan Bratislava. Oleg Gubin is the man with the bloody face after his scrap with Jonathan Sigalet and the fight broke out after an absolutely monstrous body check along the boards. To be honest, there’s an incredible lack of punches thrown in this fight, but somehow that guys came out looking like that.

Pretty awesome regardless.

And in case you missed the massive one punch knockout from a minor league hockey fight we showed you a couple days ago, here it is again.

(H/T /r/hockey)

Sport Chek Basketball: Phil Dixon Story

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 30, 2014 4:56 PM
North York's original basketball prodigy, Phil Dixon, made his name in Toronto playing for Bathurst Heights. He was crowned King of Toronto at 34. Who is the next king of basketball in your neighbourhood? Share your story with us by tagging #MyNorth

Anne Murray calls in to Leafs Lunch

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Oct. 30, 2014 4:24 PM

It is obviously still early in the NHL season, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have been the recipient of some tough criticism so far this season. More than one jersey has been thrown on the ice in protest, and even legendary Canadian singer Anne Murray has voiced her displeasure with the team on Twitter.

The sports world took notice of Murray’s tweet and the boys over at Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050 Radio Toronto all chimed in on her comments. Each had a different outlook on the situations – Bryan Hayes as the voice of reason, Jamie McLennan distracted by the voice of an angel and Jeff O’Neill in an uproar about Murray’s beef.

On Thursday, the voice of an angel herself called in to confront Hayes, McLennan and O’Neill about their comments and it was absolutely magical.

First, Murray explained the reasoning behind why she sent out the tweet.

Murray commented on if she knew who Jeff O’Neill was, and we're under the belief the ODog and the Canadian legend might have a record single in the works for the holiday season. She told the boys she is a huge fan of sports talk radio and would love to appear in studio if the Leafs make the playoffs this season.

Here at BarDown we’re always rooting for Canadian NHL teams to make the playoffs, but Anne Murray in studios with the boys of Leafs Lunch gives us a little extra reason to cheer on the Leafs!

Peter Holland chirps Jeff O'Neill

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Oct. 30, 2014 4:05 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs Peter Holland had some tough shoes to fill following Anne Murray on Leafs Lunch Thursday, but the centre did just that! After beginning the interview poorly, not knowing who Murray was, the former member of the Guelph Storm was asked about the Leafs Halloween party last night, and the costume he wanted to wear.

Coming out firing at Jeff O’Neill is never a good idea, because you just know he’s going to retaliate. At the end of the interview the ODog revisits Holland’s chirp and searches for further ammo to one up Holland.

The next time the Leafs play on TSN is going to be a must watch panel. O’Neill will be waiting for Holland to make even the slightest mistake.

Toronto Maple Leafs Halloween Party

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 30, 2014 2:46 PM
To say the least, the Leafs have been under a lot of pressure so far this season. With closed door meetings, jerseys being thrown on the ice and more, the Leafs definitely needed a chance to let loose and have a good time. Here are some amazing pictures from their Halloween party, with hopefully more to come!

Dion Phaneuf and Nazem Kadri

Trick or treat @dion_phaneuf3

A photo posted by Nazem Kadri (@43kadri) on

One of the craziest football finishes you'll ever see

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 30, 2014 1:23 PM
In a playoff game between the Spanish Fork Dons and the Maple Mountain Golden Eagles, two high schools in the state of Utah with the greatest names ever, this QB had one job. With 3.7 seconds left on the clock and his team up by 3, all this QB had to do was run out the clock and take a knee. Nailed the first part, but not so much the second part.

Got caught with his pants down a little bit there.

And this gives us another reason to show the Sammy Watkins gaff. Moral of the story young football players, finish the play!

(H/T The Big Lead)

Mikael Granlund has some skills... Kinda

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 30, 2014 1:22 PM
Mikael Granlund of the Minnesota Wild made the opposite of an amazing skills ad with ACON USA. ACON USA is promoting some of their pretty cool hockey products, such as skill pads and net backdrops, and they decided going with a hockey skills parody video with Granlund was their best bet. We agree.

But Granlund's skills are no joke. If you remember correctly, he was the Finnish player who scored this ridiculous lacrosse goal in the World Championships in 2011.

(H/T /r/hockey)