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Caps On HBO

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By Jesse Jones

The Washington Capitals will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in this year’s Winter Classic at Heinz Field January 1, 2011.  It is one of the biggest games of the regular season for the NHL, with two great teams with great young players, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, and not to mention the fact that they are rivals.

Because of all the hype for this game, the NHL has decided that it needs to capitalize on this.  Starting December 15, the NHL and HBO will air four one hour-long episodes on HBO’s series “24/7”.  The show will be just like Hard Knocks, and will follow both teams leading up to the game and after the game.  A lot of behind the scenes action will be showed, and it’s a great chance for fans to see different sides of their favorite teams and players.

The NHL will most certainly grow in popularity because of this show, and once again, the NHL got it right.


Caps Sweep Pens

By Jesse Jones

Yes, it’s not the playoffs, but the Washington Capitals have swept the regular season series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Last night’s game in Pittsburgh was just how every game has been; physical and high scoring.  Alexander Semin got the only goal in the first period to put the Caps up 1-0.  In the second, five total goals were scored by both teams.  Mike Knuble gave the Caps a 2-0 lead 42 seconds into the period, but Sidney Crosby cut that lead in half 6 minutes later.  21 seconds later, Tomas Fleischmann got the lead back up to two at 3-1.  Three minutes later, Jordan Leopold scored for the Penguins to cut the lead to 3-2.  After nine minutes of scoreless hockey, Matt Bradley scored for the Capitals and gave them a 4-2 lead.  In the third, Jordan Leopold scored again to make it 4-3, but from then on it was all about “The Great Eight”.  Alexander Ovechkin scored two goals, the second was an empty-netter with .2 seconds left in the game, to seal it for the Capitals.  Washington won the game 6-3.

It was a dominating performance for the Capitals.  Ovechkin scored his 47th and 48th goals of the season to tie him with Sidney Crosby for most goals in the NHL, despite missing numerous games.  The 4-0 sweep, albeit in the regular season, has to give Washington a huge boost in confidence with the playoffs coming up, and possibly a mental edge if they were to face one another at some point.

Ovie Being Congratulated By Caps Fans In Pittsburgh

Washington now has a record of 53-15-12, have 118 points, and have clinched the Presidents’ Trophy (best record in NHL).  The Caps have two more games left, both at home.  Friday night they host the Atlanta Thrashers, followed by the regular season finale Sunday against Boston at 12 PM on NBC.


Huge Comeback Gives Caps 14 Straight

Ovechkin Scores His First of Three Goals

By Jesse Jones

Despite the three feet of snow to hit the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area, the Verizon Center was sold out and packed with Capitals fans ready to watch the best rivalry in hockey.

The Pittsburgh Penguins arrived in D.C. at 2:30 in the morning because all airports in the D.C. area were closed.  Some members of the team staff for both teams spent the night at the Verizon Center, and both teams would eventually reach the ice rink in the morning to play their 12:00 game.

The Penguins took an early 2-0 lead behind 2 goals by Sidney Crosby.   In the second period, Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season to cut the lead in half.  However, Jordan Staal scored twice in about two minutes to put the Penguins up 4-1.  With about three minutes left, the Caps scored again behind an Eric Fehr goal.  The third period was all Washington, as Ovechkin scored twice to tie the game up and give him a hat trick.  After 60 minutes of play, the score was tied up at 4-4, and overtime was going to be the deciding factor.  On a Capitals power play, Ovechkin took a hard shot that bounced off the post, and was put in by Mike Knuble.

The game was played at the highest level, and was very scrappy.  Fights were breaking out, and a total of 18 penalties were called.

The Capitals overcame a 3 point deficit against the defending national champions in a playoff atmosphere to show good heart and dedication.

Washington has now won 14 straight games, and will look to get their 15th straight win over at Montreal Wednesday night.


Caps Make A Statement

By Ben Linton

On a night where all eyes were watching Hockey, Alexander Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals triumped over the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby. The Capitals made a big statement last night with a convincing 6-3 over the Penguins at Mellon Arena.

Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and registered an assist, while Sidney Crosby scored one goal early in the game to give the Penguins their only lead of the night. Heading into the third period tied 3-3, the Caps unleashed a fury of offensive power and scored three goals in the final period to seal the deal.

With the win the Capitals improve to 32-12-6, good for first place in the Eastern Conference, while the Penguins drop to 31-20-1 and fourth in the East.

Now this was a great win for the Caps, but the Penguins did not have their starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who was out with a finger injury. He played very well in the Eastern Conference Semis last season and could make a big difference the next time these two play. Don’t forget that the Pens are still defending champs, something tells me that these teams will meet again later on into the playoffs.

Great Night. Great Players. Great Teams. Great Game. Great Result.

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