Matt Hendricks, the proud new papa

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Matt Hendricks was exhausted – and he didn’t even have the 17 shifts and 11:18 of ice time against the Devils on Friday night to blame for it.

No, Hendricks was tired, but beaming, after his wife, Kim, gave birth Thursday to twins. The Capitals forward and proud papa was all smiles when talking about his new son, Gunnar, and daughter, Lennon, and his past couple days.

“Well, it all happened last night so it’s been a long couple days, actually,” he said after the win Friday night. “It’s very exciting. Happy to share it with my teammates today with a big ‘W.’ ”

Hendricks was with his wife Thursday and then again Friday morning before taking a train to Newark, N.J., to meet up with the team.

“She’s there being a trooper by herself right now,” Hendricks said, noting that the new grandparents arrive Sunday.

Matt and Kim Hendricks had the names picked out for a while, and both were well-thought-out.

“My mother’s 100 percent Swede, so Gunnar stands for a Scandinavian warrior is the meaning behind that name,” Hendricks said. “With Lennon, we’re both fans of the Beatles and John Lennon and we liked it and it wasn’t very popular and didn’t seem too over the top.”

Hendricks added, “I give my wife all the credit on those.”

After the game, the 30-year-old admitted fatigue but was excited about not only another victory but a big life event.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Hendricks said. “It’s hard to explain. There’s a lot of people out there that know what I mean, and it’s hard to explain with words.”

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