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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Wake Forest @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Arash Usmanee vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez (Friday 9pm from Tacoma, WA live on ESPN2)

10. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Cracker (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere); Peter Gabriel “Scratch My Back & I’ll Scratch Yours” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

JCS is celebrating the 15th anniversary of one of the most important records OF MY LIFE.

I would like to go see Dirty Dozen Brass Band, yes, thanks for asking.

Cracker does that one song you kinda remember.

And now here’s Ricky Skaggs.

9. Blue Man Group (Friday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Jim Gaffigan (Friday & Saturday 7pm & 9:30pm Warner Theatre); Rob Schneider (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Archer” season five premiere (Monday 10pm FX); Lone Survivor“, “Her” and “August: Osage County” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County)

Obviously the only thing that matters this week is the return of Archer. Enjoy the next eight minutes of your life. They won’t get better.

Also, this is great.

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Skinner records Hat Trick, drop Caps in OT 4-3

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Skinner records Hat Trick, drop Caps in OT 4-3

Posted on 02 January 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

Washington has had difficulty getting pucks into the net as of late. After struggling to finish strong scoring chances in road trips versus Buffalo and Ottawa, the red sweaters started getting better puck luck.

The Caps squared off against Carolina in the last meeting in the Verizon Center, between the two division rivals. Washington started off the first period of action dominating puck possession and shots on goal. Unfortunately for them, Khudobin was making big saves early and often. Khudobin got his first start in over eleven weeks for the Canes, due to his injury sustained earlier this season. He was not as rusty between the pipes as you might have expected from missing so much time.

The first period was tilted in the Caps favor with momentum, until two costly penalties. The Caps first got a 2-minute penalty for too many men on the ice. Shortly after, Brooks Laich got a high stick penalty. The Canes had a 5 on 3 man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom tried clearing the puck out of the zone from the point, but then his stick snapped. So the Hurricanes essentially were working a 5 on 2 man advantage and Alex Semin found Jeff Skinner on the backside for the easy goal. A great first period of offense for Washington, but not the result they were hoping for heading into the locker room.

The second frame of action was one of the most bizarre periods you will see in hockey. Marcus Johansson found Alex Ovechkin up the ice and Ovi put it top shelf. It was Ovechkins league leading 31st goal of the season and came just fifty seconds into the period. This was just the start of a four-minute stretch of craziness.

The Caps have struggled after scoring goals this season, giving away momentum almost instantly after a score. The same trend repeated itself tonight. Under a minute later after the Ovechkin goal, Manny Malhotra regained the lead for Carolina at 2-1. Just over a minute after the Canes tally, MoJo found Backstrom in front of the net. Backstrom forced a rebound and Troy Brouwer finished with a nice backhander to tie the game up once again. Just before four minutes passed in the second period, Steve Oleksy scored his second goal of the season and gave the Caps a 3-2 lead. Just when Caps fans thought they could breath a sigh of relief, they were deflated once again.

Jeff Skinner scored his second goal of the night, after a rebound from goalie Philipp Grubauer found Skinners stick right in front of the net. Martin Erat was unable to find the loose puck and clear it out. Overall, an ugly hockey play, allowing Carolina to tie the game up once again.

The third frame of action had some quality chances toward the end, but Washington was heading to overtime for the sixteenth time this season. A shootout was not necessary as the overtime period quickly ended. After Grabovski and Ovechkin were working a two on two breakout, Ovi threw a pass across the ice in hopes to get it to Dimitri Orlov joining the rush. It just didn’t get to Orlov and the Canes came down on a 3-man rush against lone Caps defender Mike Green. Ryan Murphy fed Jeff Skinner an excellent pass across the crease for his hat trick goal.

It was a disappointing loss to say the least, as the Caps have struggled against Carolina this season. It also has become frustrating, that once Washington gets a lead or goal, they have consistently allowed the opposition to respond very quickly. Philipp Grubauer finished the night with 29 saves on 33 shots faced. It was not the young goalies best night so far this season, allowing big rebounds throughout the night.

Coach Adam Oates shook up the lines tonight and some of the pairings paid off. Ovechkin was paired with Grabovski, Fehr and Backstrom was paired with Mojo and Troy Brouwer. It will be interesting to see how long Oates keeps these lines together and if he makes any other small changes along the way. The Caps have struggled as of late, only winning one game of their last six contests. They travel to Minnesota this Saturday night to take on the Wild.

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Grubauer a Bright Spot in DC

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Grubauer a Bright Spot in DC

Posted on 02 January 2014 by Nick Dorsey

The next man up is a common phrase used when teams look for some athlete to step up into a role usually unfamiliar. When it comes to goaltending in Washington, the next man up is a regular occurrence. Semyon Varlamov was once a young goalie for Washington that looked like he had a bright future in DC. Then after Varlamov came Michal Neuvirth. The 2010-11 regular season also had an interesting situation as well. Tomas Vokoun was the original starter until he suffered an injury, so back in was Neuvirth. Toward the tail end of the 2011 season, Neuvirth suffered an injury and the Capitals were down two starting goalies. The team was making a late season push and they needed a goalie to step up. Braden Holtby, the prospect from Hershey, had to fill the role.

Holtby was tremendous in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, especially against the Boston Bruins first round. Holtby was one of the main reasons why the Bruins did not have a repeat chance at the Cup. Holtby was also solid in last season’s playoff series against the New York Rangers nearly going toe to toe with Henrik Lundqvist.

Holtby came into the 2013 regular season as the main guy with Neuvirth filling the back up role. When Neuvy injured himself in pregame warm-ups before one of his starts, Holtby was back in. Neuvirth was put on IR and that left Washington with just Holtby as the lone net minder. Braden got a large workload, starting 14 out of 15 games. The wear and tear of starting so many games started to show on Holtby, so the Capitals needed to look for someone to step up.

Philipp Grubauer, a 4th round pick in 2010, was the next man up. Grubauer first saw action in a relief effort for Holtby, after a rough start versus the Hurricanes in early December. He was solid in that third period start against Carolina, so Grubi was called upon to start his first game against New York. On the road against the Rangers, Grubauer was fantastic allowing only one goal in a Washington win. After that, Grubauer started to see his starts increase.

He has now started nine games as a rookie and his numbers are extremely impressive so far. Philipp has a 5-2-2 record as a starter for Washington and has posted a .938% save percentage. His 2.02 goals against average is a great number as well.

His starting record is solid, but even better when looking into the shootout losses. Grubi gave his team great chances in those shootouts, forcing a 10 and 6 round shootout in those match-ups. So not only has Grubi been solid between the pipes over the course of a 60-minute game, but he’s got big-time poise when the pressure is on.

The Capitals goal-tending situation has become a topic of discussion as of late with the stunning play from the 22 year old. Michal Neuvirth seems like the odd man out, so his future in Washington is uncertain. Braden Holtby went into the season as the number one goalie unquestioned, but now things could be different. If Philipp Grubauer keeps playing at this level for the rest of the season, the Capitals could have a crucial decision to make at goalie heading into the post season. There has been so much turnover at the goalie position for years in DC with all the young goalies stepping up consistently. It probably has most fans in a craze because they so desperately want to know which goalies jersey they will be wearing to the games. While it could be frustrating to a fan in that sense, this situation is a good problem to have. Having two good goalies is better than having one or even none. Goalie is such an important position especially when it comes to the playoffs. The Capitals have a couple good goalies now and the decision for whom to start at that time will eventually work itself out. The number of young goalies that have come in and stepped up in recent years, shows how well Washington has done drafting goalies and also developing them in the minor leagues. Whether it is Braden Holtby or Philipp Grubauer that earns the number one spot heading into the playoffs, the Capitals are in good hands. The fans that rock the red have plenty to get excited about when it comes to their young goalies.

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Senators Defeat Washington 3-1

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Senators Defeat Washington 3-1

Posted on 30 December 2013 by Nick Dorsey

 

The Capitals were on the road again for a second consecutive night tonight in Ottawa. Just a night after the Caps generated a lot of shots on goal with little result, the game ensuing was a near mirror image. Washington was not getting the lucky bounces against Buffalo goal tender Ryan Miller, but they got a good bounce early in the first period against the Senators.

Just two minutes went by into the first frame of action and Martin Erat threw it into the slot to Joel Ward. Ward shot a backhand toward the goal and it deflected in off of goalie Craig Andersons stick. Joel Ward now has 12 goals so far this season. An early lead on the road was a good start for the Caps after a night as frustrating as the game prior. The Capitals did a nice job offensively for the majority of the first period in possessing the puck and getting pucks to the net. The Senators would cash in with under seven minutes to go in the first period. Defensemen Dmitri Orlov pinched into the offensive zone, which was costly. It caused a 2 on 1 breakaway with Cory Conacher setting up Mika Zibanejad with the easy tap in goal. This was not the only defensive mistake on the night for the visiting squad.

Over three minutes fresh into the second period, Ottawa got behind the defense again. Bobby Ryan backhanded a perfect lead pass up the seam, behind Mike Green, that led to a beautiful finish by Kyle Turris for his 10th of the season. Turris was hooked on the play, but still finished inside with the smooth hands. The Caps had plenty of scoring chances in the second period, but were unable to finish. Mikhail Grabovski had a one on one chance against net minder Anderson. Anderson saved Grabo’s backhand attempt. Grabovski gathered the puck after his miss near the boards and found Troy Brouwer in the slot. Brouwer missed high on a wide-open chance; it is certainly one shot Troy would like to have back. Joel Ward even had a tap in from in front that went just wide that could have tied the game. Instead, Washington headed to the locker room down one at the end of two.

The Capitals had eleven shots in the third period, but fell short. Coach Adam Oates pulled Philipp Grubauer to give the offense an extra man chance. They had their opportunities, especially Eric Fehr with a nice shot in the slot. Craig Anderson made the great save on Fehr in point blank range. Anderson was the NHL leader in goalie save percentage just a season ago, so he is used to making big saves. The game was sealed shut once Clarke MacArthur scored the empty net goal.

The Senators outshot the Caps 38 to 35. Washington’s special teams had a decent night. The penalty kill unit held their own, as they killed all four of Ottawa’s power play chances. The power play unit went 0-2 tonight; the Senators did a nice job of not giving the Caps extra man chances. Tonight’s loss was a hard fought game by the Caps and goalie Philipp Grubauer shined once again. He recorded 35 saves on 37 shots faced and finished with a .946 save percentage. The young goaltender has been spectacular so far and is making the goalie position interesting for the hockey club. The Caps get a break for a few days after consecutive road games. Washington returns back to the Verizon Center as they take on their division rival Carolina Hurricanes.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-UMBC @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm Reitz Arena)

10. Beyonce (Wednesday 8pm Verizon Center); Switchfoot/New Politics (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Kix (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); The English Beat (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Saves The Day (Saturday 8:30pm Ottobar); Michael Bolton (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Carbon Leaf (Thursday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Chatham County Line (Wednesday 8pm Jammin’ Java)

Switchfoot: you have no idea how much you enjoy them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_5oE0ijhKg

New Politics does the song you’ve heard a ton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVOUTkFkMNU

Carbon Leaf should stop spending any more than a day or two out of the area every month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOo7ZzwOI9I

Chatham County Line is worth finding out more about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMaZEWxy3S8

9. A John Waters Christmas (Thursday & Friday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Kick-Ass 2” and “The Lone Ranger” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Wednesday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” out in theaters (Friday)

I will be seeing ALL of these movies this week. I enjoy this.

And this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQyPVBtLXk0

AND this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awR-XUHCMd8

AND this.

I will see all of these.

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Dallas Stars (April 1)

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Dallas Stars (April 1)

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Trips

The 2014 WNST.net “Rock The Red” Puck Bus is back! This time, we’ll be taking a group of hockey fans from White Marsh and Catonsville down to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 1 to watch the Capitals host the Dallas Stars in a 7:05 p.m. game.

All aboard another WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C. for another 60 minutes of old-time hockey with the Washington Capitals. Our Gunther Motorcoaches will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:15 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 4:45 p.m.. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C.

As always, families are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

COST: $75 per person

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Here’s a look at one of our Puck Bus trips via WNSTv:

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for L.A. Kings (March 25)

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for L.A. Kings (March 25)

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Trips

The 2014 WNST.net “Rock The Red” Puck Bus is back! This time, we’ll be taking a group of hockey fans from White Marsh and Catonsville down to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 25 to watch the Capitals host the Los Angeles Kings in a 7:05 p.m. game.

All aboard another WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C. for another 60 minutes of old-time hockey with the Washington Capitals. Our Gunther Motorcoaches will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:15 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 4:45 p.m.. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C.

As always, families are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

COST: $75 per person

Pickup Location
Mobile contact #

Here’s a look at one of our Puck Bus trips via WNSTv:

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Toronto Maple Leafs (March 16)

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Toronto Maple Leafs (March 16)

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Trips

The 2014 WNST.net “Rock The Red” Puck Bus is back! This time, we’ll be taking a group of hockey fans from White Marsh and Catonsville down to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, March 16 to watch the Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3 p.m. game.

All aboard another WNST Rocks The Red Puck Bus to D.C. for another 60 minutes of old-time hockey with the Washington Capitals. Our Gunther Motorcoaches will depart from the White Marsh Mall at noon with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 12:30. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the WNST Rocks The Red Puck Bus to D.C.

As always, families are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

COST: $90 per person

Pickup Location
Mobile contact #

Here’s a look at one of our Puck Bus trips via WNSTv:

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Ovechkin’s 4 Goals Rallies Caps Past Bolts in Shootout

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Ovechkin’s 4 Goals Rallies Caps Past Bolts in Shootout

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Ed Frankovic

There is something about snow that tends to bring out the best in Alexander Ovechkin, so it’s no coincidence that one of his nicknames, besides the Gr8, is Snovechkin.

On Tuesday night, in a game the Capitals really had no business winning, Alex Snovechkin scored four goals, including the game tying tally with just 33 seconds left in regulation.

Washington would go on to win in the shootout, 6-5, and steal two points from a hard working and undermanned Tampa Bay Lightning club.

Ovechkin had the four markers and his center, Nicklas Backstrom, had a goal and four helpers for a five point night. Those two guys, along with rookie Philip Grubauer in net and some good fortune, are the reason the Caps scraped out two points after trailing 3-0 early on.

The Caps looked nothing like the team that manhandled the Rangers on Sunday at the Garden as the Lightning, without top players Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, came out flying while several Capitals coasted through their early shifts. Most notable was defensemen Mike Green who had the worst period I’ve ever seen #52 play. He took four minors, a 10 minute misconduct, and badly misplayed the two on one break that gave the Lightning a 3-0 lead and chased starter Braden Holtby. #70 wasn’t that bad, but clearly Adam Oates wanted to wake his sleep walking team up, at that point.

The move eventually helped and Ovechkin would get yet another goal this season off of a face off in the opening frame to give the Caps some life. Then when the Bolts Richard Panik took a major for boarding Karl Alzner late in period two, the Gr8 scored twice on the power play to send this one tied, at 4-4, to the third period.

At that point one would think the Caps would take over and win this one against a depleted Tampa squad, but the Bolts are well coached by John Cooper and they carried much of the play. They grabbed the lead when Martin St. Louis, who is one of the smallest but also one of the best players in the NHL, set up Ondrej Palat in the slot at 8:36 of the final period. St. Louis is a Caps killer and he had three points in this game. His work ethic is amazing and several Capitals could learn a lot from watching him.

Work ethic was something that was not there for many Capitals in this tilt. Washington was too fancy and made many bad passes. Martin Erat had a hat trick of giveaways, one of which led to a goal. It should have been three for three if not for Grubauer’s great goaltending on the other two occassions. The Capitals forwards did a mostly lousy job of helping out their defense in this game and Oates will have plenty of video to show of their mistakes.

But the good news is this Capitals team is resilient. They don’t quit and they keep scrapping. It really helps to have skill and talent and Ovechkin and Backstrom took over to save the day on a night when many Washington players just didn’t bring their better performances to the rink.

On Tuesday the Caps did just enough to win, they should be thankful that snowstorms, even an over hyped one like the area had today, brings out the best in their captain.

It was the Alexander Ovechkin show on Tuesday. That’s now 26 goals in 29 games this season. To quote the Gr8, that is “Sick, Unbelievable…”

Notes: Eric Fehr, who is playing super and brought his game on Tuesday, Mikhail Grabovski, and Troy Brouwer all scored in the gimmick for the Caps…Grubauer got his 2nd NHL win in his 1st career NHL shootout…because the Caps were trailing the fourth line played sparingly and Aaron Volpatti and Tom Wilson played less than five minutes each…the Caps are now 17-12-2 (36 points)…John Carlson played an all worldly 34:48 in this one…the Caps won the face off battle, 36-22 and Backstrom was 15-7…Washington was 3 for 5 on the power play while Tampa went 2 for 5…Green was a lot better after his misconduct and had an assist. The referees were not the problem for him in the opening frame, it was his lack of skating and too much reliance on using his stick. Lazy hockey, plain and simple.

 

 

 

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Caps Make a Statement By Whipping the Rangers

Posted on 08 December 2013 by Ed Frankovic

The King is Dead.

Well not exactly, but after 200+ minutes of failing to score a goal on Henrik Lundqvist, dating back to game 5 of last season’s playoffs, the Washington Capitals erupted for four goals to beat the $59.5M goaltender and his Rangers squad, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden.

This game was not close after the first 10 minutes as Washington continued it’s improved play and dominated the Rags from the mid point of the first period on. The Caps moved the puck really well from the back end and it resulted in several good chances on King Henrik. Washington totally outworked New York in this one, something that the Blueshirts typically pride themselves on doing. But the Caps had too much speed for a slow Rangers D that is now without Marc Staal and add in the hard work of guys like Jason Chimera and Joel Ward and it was the perfect recipe for a butt whipping of New York.

Chimera, Steve Oleksy, Mikhail Grabovski (penalty shot), and Nate Schmidt all tallied before Benoit Pouliot finally deflected the biscuit by Philipp Grubauer with 1:53 to go. Grubauer, who got the nod from Coach Adam Oates to give Braden Holtby a rest (Michal Neuvirth is injured), was excellent in gaining his first NHL win. He made a big save on Ryan Callahan’s backhander early in the contest then did his job as the Caps repeatedly owned the puck and kept any Rangers pressure to the outside.

It was a thorough team win and the Capitals dominated the Rangers, showing that they are improving as a puck possession club. To me that all starts from the back end and the addition of Dmitry Orlov to the defensive rotation has certainly made a difference. Oleksy fared well in his first game in several weeks too.

Credit Oates for inserting Grubauer and Oleksy after a win on Saturday. Both the Rangers and Capitals were in action Saturday with Washington having to travel to the Big Apple after they defeated the Predators while the Rangers played at their barn again. But the Caps had more energy and they used that along with their speed to put New York on its heels. Washington could have been up 6 or 7 pucks if not for some stellar glove saves by Lundqvist along with some assistance from the post.

The Caps were that good in this one in an important Metropolitan Division matchup. They improve to 16-12-2 (34 points) and now own a three point lead in second place over the Rangers and Carolina, who each have 31 points.

It was a win on the road against a club they’ve struggled with in recent times.

To me, that’s a statement victory.

Notes: John Carlson led the Caps in ice time at 23:57…the Caps out shot New York 36-31…both teams went 0 for 2 on the power play…Next up for the Caps are the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at the Verizon Center.

 

 

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