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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.

Harper’s personal milestone makes MLB history

Friday, April 15th, 2016

April 14, the Washington Nationals (6-1) were going against the Atlanta Braves (0-8). This game meant a lot for Bryce Harper since he was just one home run away from a milestone of 100 home runs. In the bottom of the third inning with two out, he hit a grand slam off Julio Teheran.

Elias Sports Bureau reports, “Harper is the first player in major-league history whose first career grand slam and his 100th career homer came on the same swing.” Harper is the eighth youngest player to hit his 100th home run.

The Washington Nationals won this game 6-2, sweeping a four-game home stand against the Braves and sending them back to Atlanta with an 0-9 record. As of April 14, The Washington Nationals are leading the NL East on a five game winning streak.


In other April 14 sports news Caps take Game One of the first round of NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

April 14, The Washington Capitals played its first playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Verizon Center. The Capitals won 2-0 with one goal from John Carllson on a power play in the second period and Jay Beagle in the third period. Goaltender Braden Holtby topped another shutout. The Caps are up 1-0 in the series and Game Two of the best of seven series is at the Verizon Center Saturday at 7 p.m. before heading to Philadelphia for Games Three and Four.

NHL is villain as fan support boosts John Scott to All-Star MVP

Friday, February 12th, 2016

John Scott, a defenseman who had previously only scored five goals in his eight-year NHL career, is the 2016 All-Star most valuable player. Fans voted for him as MVP after Scott scored two goals during the All-Star Game in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 31.

On the way, the Pacific Division won the All-Star Game.

In an interview with Canada’s SportsNet Jan. 29, Scott said that he understood that being voted onto the all-star roster by fans “started as a farce” by a blogger. The campaign quickly gained momentum. Not only did he make the roster, but the fan-voted player was automatically the captain for the division team.

Scott says he was asked to bow out of the All-Star Game by the Arizona Coyotes (his team at time) and by the NHL. Then Scott says that an NHL representative asked, “Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?” That question finalized Scotts’ decision. He decided that he would still play in the game anyway whether or not the Coyote management or the NHL liked it.

Shortly after his decision, Scott was traded from the Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens – and promptly sent down to the AHL affiliate the St. John’s (Newfoundland) Ice Caps, therefore looking like he was ineligible for the All-Star Game.

What makes the NHL the bad guys in this situation is that it made John Scott and his wife who is expecting twins and their two daughters go across the continent. It displaced the Scotts’ life in Arizona. It sent him to the minors. All this for a meaningless set of 3-on-3 20-minute games in a tournament that was supposed to be fun for everyone.

But the internet was persistent, they constantly heckled the NHL over social media in the days that followed. The NHL, perhaps in full damage-control mode, perhaps out of the kindness of its heart, allowed Scott to still play in the Honda All-Star Game in Nashville. Sott scored twice and won All Star Game MVP.

John Scott shares his long strange career and his even stranger route to Nashville in The Players’ Tribune. YDC calls it recommended reading:

Evgeny Kuzenetsov leads Capitals in points at the quarter mark

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Washington Capitals (10/7 to 12/7) Recap.

The Washington Capitals have exceeded their fans’ high expectations and have achieved 37 points in 24 games for the third place in the NHL.

Evgeny Kuznetsov leads the team in total points with eight goals and 18 assists. He has become the breakout success of the team.

Alex Ovechkin is on a slower pace than normal for him. But he’s still great compared to the rest of the league. As of Dec 7, he has 12 goals and 11 assists on the season.

T.J. Oshie is proving his worth with his new club after the Caps traded Troy Brower to the St. Louis Blues for him in the offseason. Oshie has scored eight goals and logged six assists.

Seven Capitals players are on pace to score 20 or more goals this season:
Evgeny Kuzenetsov
Alex Ovechkin
Nicklas Backstrom
Justin Williams
Jason Chimera
T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson

Over the summer goalie Braden Holtby entered free agency, but the Caps spent $30.5million to keep him for five years. He is proving to be worth the big money. His stats to date include 16 wins, five losses, and a .93 save percentage.

The Capitals have also been gaining a lot of their points from the blue line players this season. John Carlson has lead the way in defensive scoring for the season with four goals and 14 assists and is the team’s fourth highest scorer behind Backstrom, Ovechkin and Kuznetsov.

The Capitals look to continue the trend of success they’ve had as they take the ice Dec. 8 to host the Detroit Red Wings.

Caps dominate Rangers in five, face Tampa Bay Lightning in round two

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The Washington Capitals continue into the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. The Caps defeated the New York Rangers five games to one in the first round. They won their first two games at home, 2-1 and 2-0. Then the Caps traveled to New York for games three and four. After falling in game three, 3-2, the Caps got the momentum back after trailing, 3-0, in game four. Then they scored four unanswered goals and the game-winning goal in double over time. With home ice advantage for game five, the Caps had a chance to clinch the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series Saturday, April 23, at the Verizon Center and did so. They defeated the Rangers, 3-1, and sent them packing for the season.

The Caps had almost a week off before knowing who their semifinals opponent would be. There was a whole bunch of scenarios on their possible opponent. At the end of the day, on Wednesday, the Caps learned they would be playing the Southeast Division team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning are in the same division as the Capitals. However, the Caps are back-to-back-to-back to back Southeast Division Champs.

In round two, the Caps continue to have home ice advantage and will play games one and two at the Verizon Center this Friday and Sunday with 7:00 p.m. puck drops. Both games will be aired on Versus. Games three and four are in Tampa Bay back-to-back with 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. puck drops, May 3 and May 4. Game five, if needed, is back at the Verizon Center, May 7,  12:30 p.m., to air on NBC. Game six is scheduled to be back in Tampa, May 9, but game seven is scheduled  in D.C., May 11. Game times and networks are to be announced for the last two games.

During the regular season the Caps played Tampa, defeating them five times and losing to them once. Their biggest regular season win against the Bolts was a 6-0 win Nov. 26. The Caps have the advantage of playing on six days rest. The Bolts will have two days rest.

Hoyas continue Big East climb, Colonials win and head out of town, Wizards hexed on the road, Canadiens surprise Caps

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Two days after defeating Villanova 69-66, the Georgetown Hoyas returned to the Verizon Center Jan. 31 to face the Louisville Cardinals and defeated them 62-59. The game was aired on national television by ESPN. In a sloppy first half, the Hoyas shot 31 percent from the field. They came out with a much better second half as they shot 76.5 percent and a total of 47.8 percent for the game. YDC asked Hoya coach John Thompson III about the difference in shooting in the second half, “I think in the first half, particularly early in the game, we were getting good shots, they just weren’t going in. We were executing, we were getting good shots, the ball just wasn’t going in. That happens sometimes. In the second half it was going in.” Chris Wright was the Hoya’s leading scorer with 24 points, a season high. Georgetown is now 6-4 in the Big East and play at the Verizon Center with Providence on Saturday with a tip off at noon.
On Saturday, the George Washington Colonials defeated St. Louis 52-46 at the Charles E. Smith Center. Tony Taylor led the team with 19 points on the afternoon. GW now travels to face Atlantic 10 leader Duquesne and UNC/Charlotte, which is third from the bottom in the A-10. They return home next Wednesday to face the Richmond Spiders.
The Washington Wizards continue to lose on the road. They are 0-25 away from the Verizon Center. They fell 102-92 against the Dallas Mavericks Monday. Road win number one slipped away tonight as they lost against the New Orleans Hornets, 97-89.
The Washington Capitals returned home from the NHL All-Star game to face the Montreal Canadiens at the Verizon Center tonight and lost. At the All-Star break, the Caps had 27 wins, 15 losses plus 9 overtime losses. They now hold 64 points in the Southeast division. Currently the Caps are five points behind first place Tampa Bay the Southeast.