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Around the Seawall: Patrick Kane's Own Goal; Braden Meets Braden; L.A. Goes Roller Hockey

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Braden Holtby hasn't started a lot lately for Washington... but he did make one kid's dreams come true.
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Just so you know, Patrick Kane screws up, too.

I'm sure we Vancouverites have some thought that Roberto Luongo and Alex Edler are the only ones who are prone to massive mistakes or bobbly wobbly own goals, but Kaner's pass to nobody against Edmonton showed that even the best aren't always the best.

And it was pretty unlucky, too.

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Braden Neinaber is an 8-year-old kid from Saskatoon. Same name, same home province as Braden Holtby, the (sort of) starting goaltender for the Washington Capitals. Except Neinaber has "Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a rare disease in which the body produces too many white blood cells, leading to a number of health problems and, in some cases, it can be fatal," according to Puck Daddy.

Last weekend, little Braden and his family got to meet big Braden and his family – the Washington Capitals.

Little Braden got to meet the players, like Brooks Laich, the Great 8 (Alex Ovechkin), and his hero Holtby, and picked up a Gordie Howe hat trick at practice.

He also got to drop the puck at the Capitals-Sabres game in Washington, where he promptly decided to throw Buffalo's super pest (and captain) Steve Ott out of the face-off circle.

"Congrats to Holtby and the Capitals for making this young fan's dream come true," wrote Yahoo!'s Greg Wyshynski. "And to Steve Ott for being a good sport."

Cheers to that.

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Hockey traditionalists are probably pretty upset right now, looking at Dodger Stadium ahead of L.A.'s Stadium Series with Anaheim. It's supposed to be about 'how we played outdoors as kids' and all that phoney junk, right?

But instead, the City of Angels decided to turn the affair into its own version of hockey, one that is just as stereotyped as the 'Tim Hortons-On Frozen Pond' narrative but also far less appreciated.

It's got roller hockey. It's got volleyball. It's like Point Break meets that weird video from 1994 where Wayne Gretzky tries to teach us how to inline skate on Venice Boulevard...

And boy if isn't just beautiful and awesomely nostalgic...

But it also makes me even more upset that the Ducks and Kings didn't decide to go for this look for the actual game.

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