The NHL’s biggest game so far this season turned out to be a show for the fans at the Verizon Center. In the first of four meetings between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, action went all the way to the shoot out. It was a hard hitting affair throughout. Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored the game’s first goal in the first three minutes of the first period. The Caps responded in the second period by a power play goal by Mike Green. Penguins forward Chris Kunitz scored the next goal, but Caps right wing Mike Knuble tied it late in the third period. The game then went into sudden death overtime but neither team scored. The Penguins won it in the seventh round of the shoot out.
In the standings, each team earned one point for regulation play, but the Penguins got a second point for winning in the shoot out. The Caps next face the Penguins Jan. 1 when they travel to Pittsburgh to play in the Bridge Stone Winter Classic at Heinz Field.
On Monday, the Washington Wizards snapped its seven game long losing streak by beating the Charlotte Bobcats at the Verizon Center. The Wizards came out on fire and won the game 108-75. Next up, the Wizards faced the Chicago Bulls and fell short 87-80. This was Rashard Lewis’s first game with the Wizards after being traded from the Orlando Magic for Gilbert Arenas. Lewis had eight points.
Some college basketball news: the number nine Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Memphis Tigers in Memphis, Tennessee. The final of that game was 86-69.
On Wednesday, the George Washington Colonials faced the Eastern Carolina Pirates at the Charles E. Smith Center in Foggy Bottom. In the second half, the Colonials had a 10-point lead but ECU tied the score late in the game. It was an exciting finish as ECU tied it at 80 with 9 seconds to go. After a time out, the Colonials got the ball and scored the winning basket with 2.5 seconds by Tony Taylor. The final score of the game was 82-80 in the favor of GW. Taylor had a career high 26 points. YDC asked winning coach Karl Hobbs after the game, How did you put yourself in position to get the win after falling behind earlier in the half?
“On that shot, we were very fortunate to win the game at that point. But I thought we had great momentum. I felt that if we had the chance to take the last shot, we had a good chance to win the game.”