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Caps victorious in game one of round two with Oshie’s hat trick

Friday, April 29th, 2016

After coming off a 4-2 series win against the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League playoffs, the second round pits the Capitals against the red hot Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins won its first round series 4-1 against the New York Rangers.

The Capitals played Game 1 at the Verizon Center Thursday, April 28, and it was a back-and-forth game. Thirteen seconds after the first intermission, the game was 1-0 Capitals, thanks to wing André Burakovsky. Then Pittsburgh defenseman Ben Lovejoy scored halfway into the second period. Next, Penguin center Evgeni Malkin scored at 11:37 in the second period. The tide seemed to have changed, but right wing T.J Oshie evened the score at 12:10.
The second period ended 2-2, however Oshie wasn’t done yet. He scored to pull the Caps ahead at 3:23 in the third. The Caps had the lead back but it didn’t last long with Penguin center Nick Bonino tying the game up. The game reached the end of regulation and headed into overtime.
As the overtime neared the halfway point, Oshie was on the right side of Penguin goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with possession of the puck. Oshie transitioned from one side of the goal behind the goalie and scored in the lower left section at 9:33. Oshie’s hat trick won the Game 1 of the Stanley Cup second round series.
Moving forward, fans hope the Caps keep that winning momentum. However, heading into Game 2, Alex Ovechkin, who is at the top of the “goals scored” leaderboard, has not scored since April 18 in Game 3 of the first round. Fans hope he can get back into his groove as the next game is Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m., at the Verizon Center.

Opportunity to relaunch SportsLog

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

SportsLog founder Andrew Polowitz is now a freshman in college and ready to hand over his creation to new sports bloggers.
YDC is looking for a SportsLog editor and a stable of reporters who will cover the local sports scene with game recaps, profiles and opinion.
Teens who are interested in these positions should write to Christina Lee, YDC’s acting managing editor, at

Mystics lose home opener to Sky

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

With a record of winning three home openers in a row at the Verizon Center, the Mystics were 1-1 on the road as they took the court against the Chicago Sky Saturday night. In front of a crowd of 11,943, the Mystics slipped down a hole early trailing by 18 in the first half.

The Mystics came out with a lot better effort in the second half and cut the lead to three. Never seizing the lead, it was too-little-too-late during the comeback. Big shots by the Sky defeated the Mystics, 84-77. The Mystics fell as they struggled on defense throughout the game. The Sky scored 60 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent from three. The Mystics only shot 45.6 percent and 30.8 percent from three.

Offensively, the Mystics leading scorer was Matee Ajavon with 24 points. She led both teams scoring. The Sky’s leading scorer was Sylvia Fowles with 23 points.

With her three-year history in the Mystics organization, this was Mystics coach Trudi Lacey’s first regular-season home game. She took over the coaching job Nov. 25, 2010. She is also the team’s general manager.

A bright spot of the evening came when the Mystics dropped its “2010 Eastern Conference Champions” banner from the rafters at the Verizon Center. The Mystics look for their first home win on Thursday as they tip off with the Connecticut Sun at 7:00 p.m.

Caps make pursuit of Stanley Cup an annual rite of spring

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The Washington Capitals ended the regular season with a 1-0 loss to the Florida Panthers at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Caps are now fourth-time-in-a-row Southeast Division champions. They ended the regular season with a record of 48-23-11 and with 107 points. That is the third highest point ranking in franchise history. The Caps clinched the number one seed in the Eastern Conference for the second straight year in a row. Last year, they had an early exit in the first round as they lost to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Caps are set to face the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The last time the Caps played the Rangers in the playoffs was two seasons ago. The Caps came back from a 1-3 series and beat the Rangers in game 7.

The Caps host the first two games at the Verizon Center Wednesday, April 13 and Friday April 15. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. April 16, the Rangers host the nationally televised third game at 3 p.m. in Madison Square Garden. NBC will broadcast Saturday’s afternoon game. All evening games will air on TSN and Versus. The fourth game, Sunday April 17, puck drop is 7 p.m. on Garden ice.

Some other stats this season: the Caps gave up 197 goals, as they scored 224. They were 25-8-8 at the Verizon Center this season and 23-15-3 away from home ice.

The Caps leader in goals, assists, and points is, of course, “The Great 8” Alexander Ovechkin who had 32 goals, 53 assists, and 85 points. He also netted 11 game winners on the season. Also, the Caps had three 20-goal scorers. Those included Ovechkin (32), Alexander Semin (28), and Mike Knuble (24).

The Caps look to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

St. Joseph’s Hawks upset George Washington Colonials in Atlantic 10 Tourney

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The fifth-seeded George Washington Colonials lost in the first round of the Atlantic Ten Tournament Tuesday night at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. The Colonials lost to twelfth-seeded St. Joseph’s, 71-59, in overtime. GW sent it into overtime during the last minute of regulation, tied at 49. GW guard Tony Taylor missed a shot to break that tie in the last four seconds. The Hawks soared through overtime, starting with a 12-0 run.

The Colonials shot just 35.7 percent as St. Josephs shot 52.3 percent. Tony Taylor led the Colonials with 22 points and was the leading scorer for both teams. After the game YDC asked GW head coach Karl Hobbs about their second-half defense. He said, “We wanted to not face the half-court offense. They were basically spreading us out and running the shot clock down. And they did a very good job of attacking the basket. We wanted to take that away from them by going to our zone traps, which got us back into the ball game.”

GW’s season comes to an end as St. Joseph’s advances to the Atlantic 10 Conference quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Duquesne in Atlantic City, N.J, Friday afternoon. GW ended the season at 17-14 and 10-6 in conference play.

Hoyas and Wizards fans look to the future

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Wednesday night, 13, 241 fans were in attendance for the 9 p.m. Georgetown Hoyas-Cincinnati Bearcats game at the Verizon Center. With the score tied at 26 at the half, the Hoyas fell at home, 58-46. Austin Freeman led the Hoyas with 19 points. The Hoyas only shot 25 percent from the field during the game. Cincinnati shot 42 percent. During the game, Georgetown senior Chris Wright broke his hand. He had surgery Thursday morning.

Georgetown coach John Thompson III said that after Wright left the game, “I think we were out of sync. I don’t know that our intensity was down. I just thought we were out of sync. I thought we went through a phase where we started feeling sorry for ourselves, which we don’t need to do. We were just not in sync today.”

Georgetown’s final home game this season comes Saturday, Feb. 26, 12 noon, as the Hoyas welcome the Syracuse Orange to the Verizon Center. This game will be nationally televised on CBS.

The NBA trade deadline came and went Thursday.  As the Washington Wizards suffered a 117-94 road loss at Philadelphia Wednesday night, the team was in the middle of a five-player deal. The Wizards acquired veteran Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford and a 2011 first-round draft pick from the Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards sent Kirk Hinrich and Anthony Armstrong to Atlanta. Next up, the Wizards try to get road win number two on the season as the team travels to take on the Miami Heat on Friday with a 7:30 tip-off. Game can be seen on ComcastSportsNet.