Caps and Wiz improve, GW skids, G’town reverses Big East record

After a 3-2 overtime loss in Philadelphia, the Washington Capitals are riding a two-game winning streak into their meeting with the New York Rangers Monday at the Verizon Center. Saturday, Jan. 22, the Caps defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, 4-1. Left wing Alexander Ovechkin scored three goals in the game and was credited with the hat trick. Ovechkin and defenseman Mike Green head to Raleigh, N.C. , Jan. 28-30 for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend.

The Washington Wizards beat all odds in front of a sold out crowd at the Verizon Center Saturday as they defeated the Boston Celtics 85-83. The Celtics currently hold the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards travel to face the New York Knicks Monday at Madison Square Garden. Last time the Wizards played there, they lost by 20. The Wizards are still looking for their first road win, as they are 0-20 on the road. The Wiz then return home on Tuesday to face the Denver Nuggets at the Verizon Center.

The George Washington Colonials are in the middle of a three-game losing skid as they lost their last meeting at the Charles E. Smith Center to St. Bonaventure, 62-49. After the game, YDC asked the winning coach of St. Bonaventure, Mark Schmidt, if he was worried when GW cut the lead to nine with seven minutes to go. He replied, “I was nervous in the last seven seconds of the game. You’re always concerned. We have a very inexperienced team. And especially on the road, you never know when the momentum is going to change. So when they cut it to nine, I thought our guys handled the adversity and found a way.” YDC asked GW coach, Karl Hobbs, if the St. Bonaventure defense did something to affect his team’s 3-point shot percentage. “We’re not a good 3-point team anyway, so I’m not sure if it was them or us. Once again, looking at the stats, you have to give them credit.” GW will try to rally and end this string of losses Wednesday as they travel to face Xavier. Their next home game is against Saint Louis Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center.

After losing three games in Big East conference play, the Georgetown Hoyas scored two road wins. They won at Rutgers Jan. 15, 74-65, and then the Hoyas traveled to face Seton Hall. They defeated the Pirates, 80-75. The Hoyas play another conference game Wednesday against St. John’s Red Storm at the Verizon Center with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.

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