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Capitals’ family expands, Matt Hendricks becomes a father

It was more than understandable when Matt Hendricks looked a little worn down after the Capitals’ 3-1 win Friday night against the Devils at Prudential Center.

The fan-favorite and blue-collar forward became a father for the first time on Thursday evening when his wife, Kim, gave birth to twins -- a boy and a girl named Gunnar and Lennon, respectively.

“It’s been a whirlwind. Took the train up here this afternoon and…I don’t know,” said Hendricks, who played 11:42 against the Devils. “It’s hard to explain. There’s a lot of people out there that know what I mean. It’s hard to explain with words.”

Hendricks told reporters that Kim and the newborns are doing well and although it was tough for him to leave, but he wanted to join the team for the game. Given that it was a day trip up to Newark and he would be back in Washington quickly, made things easier too.

As for the names, Hendricks explained how the couple came to choose Gunnar and Lennon.

“My mother is 100 Swede. So Gunnar stands for – it’s a Scandanavian warrior. That’s the meaning behind that name,” Hendricks said. “With Lennon, we’re both big fans of the Beatles and John Lennon. Liked it. Wasn’t very popular and didn’t seem to over the top. I give my wife all the credit on those.”

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