Archive for April, 2016

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.