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It's Washington Capitals Day

I just got back from the Wilson Building, where Jack Evans and the rest of the DC Council presented majority owner Ted Leonsis (and defenseman Shaone Morrisonn) with a ceremonial resolution declaring today Washington Capitals' Day.

I had been under the impression that this was going to be Washington Capitals Week. At least that's what I heard yesterday. But I guess the team will have to settle for Washington Capitals Day. Either way, the council honored the team for its stunning turnaround and return to the playoffs.

"The Council of the District of Columbia salutes the Washington Capitals for its spirit and countless achievements in advancing sporting excellence in Washington, DC and recognizes its role in elevating our city to prominence in the National Hockey League," the resolution read in part.

Council Chair Vincent Gray singled out Morrisonn during the presentation for playing hurt in the playoffs. We all knew that Morrisonn was playing through an upper body injury (it turns out that the injury was dislocated collarbone). And that he later suffered a broken jaw. But I didn't realize how badly Morrisonn was hurt until today, when I chatted with him on the walk from Verizon Center to the Wilson Building. He intentionally avoided reporters during the playoffs so no one would know.

Morrisonn's jaw is still wired shut and will be for another two weeks. He's been living off smoothies since Game 3 against the Flyers, and as a result, has lost five pounds. He thinks his jaw was broken by an elbow thrown by either Scottie Upshall or Scott Hartnell.

"It's terrible not being able to talk properly and watching people eat juicy burgers and sushi and all of the good stuff," Morrisonn said. "That's the hardest part."

Before the presentation, Evans jokingly took credit for the Caps' turnaround. At some point during the season, it was brought to Leonsis's attention that some fans were upset about the street parking situation around VC. Apparently, many metered spots had been reduced to three hours from four hours. Leonsis told Evans and Evans sprung into action. He got the meters changed back to four hours - and that, Evans said with a laugh, was the reason the building was filled so often down the stretch.

On another subject, the NHL announced the first round draft order this afternoon. The Caps will pick 23rd.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 6, 2008; 12:54 PM ET
 
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