Beninati: Carolina Never Quits

Beninati: Carolina Never Quits

Friday, March 26, 2010 12:27am

By Joe Beninati
Capitals Play-by-Play

Please don't let these guys slip into the 8th spot in the East. Carolina never quits against Washington and pushed them to the limit tonight.The Hurricanes jumped out to a quick 2-0 advantage. Jamie McBain has a bright future ahead of him. Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice has noticed this youngster on the radar screen this year and his NHL baptism is going well. He blasted a slapper past a screened Semyon Varlamov to give the locals the lead early in the period.Varlamov didn't catch a break on the second goal either. He was shifting to his glove side when Bryan Rodney's shot deflected down into the far corner. After some rocky moments in the first period the young Russian netminder settled in pretty well. He made three strong stops in the second and one red letter save on Eric Staal in overtime.Once the game reached the middle period the Caps played a much more responsible and accountable frame. They were a bit sluggish in the first after expending all that emotion the previous night against Pittsburgh.Alex Semin scoring against Carolina is like the sun rising in the east -- happens everytime. He ripped a slapshot through Manny Legace to cut the Carolina lead in half.

Legace was giving the Caps trouble tonight. I thought he might struggle against them because he relies on reflexes and isn't the biggest goalie in the business. But the little guy did really well.John Carlson picked a good time to tally his first NHL goal in period three. He jumped into the play at the perfect time, took a short pass from Jason Chimera, and zipped a shot under Legace to tie the score.Tom Poti had a golden opportunity to win the game at the buzzer, but another Legace stop pushed the game past regulation.The Caps had the better of the play in overtime, but neither club converted. So for the second straight night it was off to the shootout.This one required five rounds and Hurricane winger Chad LaRose, taking his first ever shootout shot, was the unlikely hero, tucking one past Varlamov on a deke to the forehand.With the point the Caps break the franchise record for most in a single season. Bruce Boudreau told us today he loves breaking records. And his team will have plenty of opportunities to set new standards in the days and weeks ahead.Next up Calgary at 3pm Sunday from Verizon on Comcast SportsNet.

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Bradley Beal makes most of his opportunity in first All-Star Game

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Bradley Beal makes most of his opportunity in first All-Star Game

Bradley Beal may have had a slow start in the three-point contest on Saturday night, but in Sunday's All-Star Game he worked quickly to make the most of his relatively small window of playing time.

Beal checked in for the first time with 5:45 left in the first quarter and less than 25 seconds later had his first points on a two-handed dunk assisted by LeBron James.

In his All-Star debut, Beal helped lead Team LeBron to a 148-145 victory over Team Stephen as the league utilizied a new format for the annual showcase.


Beal finished with 14 points and a steal in a productive night. He shot 5-for-10 from the field and an impressive 4-for-8 from long range. 

Beal also tried to get a travelling call from the refs on Karl-Anthony Towns. Yeah, that's not likely to happen in an All-Star Game:

Beal more than held his own and only played 16 minutes, which was good considering he has logged the fifth-most minutes of any player so far this season. A realistic best-case scenario was a strong showing and a short night and that's exactly what he got.

Not only does Beal play a lot of minutes, the Wizards need him now more than ever with John Wall's injury. He needs whatever rest he can get during this All-Star break.

Speaking of Wall, he was in the house despite being in the middle of his rehab from left knee surgery. Per usual, Wall was shining bright:


The All-Star Game wasn't all about Beal, of course. Here are some other things that stood out...

*The new format and increased financial incentive were intended to make the game more competitive and that's what happened late in the fourth quarter. Usually, that's how these things go where the players will start trying at the end. But this time it seemed to be up a few levels and it was fun to watch. 

Both teams scored in the 140s, so it wasn't exactly a defensive battle. No matter what the league does, the players will only try so hard for so long. The main goal of everyone's is to not get injured in a game that ultimately doesn't count for anything. Still, this was different and appears to have been a success.

*While everyone was focusing on the reunion of LeBron and Kyrie Irving the best beef was Joel Embiid vs. Russell Westbrook. Those two have traded waves to taunt each other at the end of wins in head-to-head matchups and it was clear on Sunday they still don't like each other. Westbrook tried to dunk all over Embiid in the first half, only to get blocked at the rim.

Westbrook's determination to dunk on Embiid was out of the ordinary for an All-Star Game. It was obvious what was on his mind:

*Irving's handles are simply ridiculous. Check out this fake behind-the-back move he pulled with Giannis Antetkounmpo guarding him. Yes, it didn't fool the defender but it was impressive nonetheless:

*LeBron is 33 years old, yet he was still running up and down the court faster than anyone and leaping above the rim to thrown down alley-oop after alley-oop. It is truly amazing and everyone should enjoy watching him while they can, regardless of whether they like the guy or not.

This was one of his dunks:

LeBron took home MVP with a game-high 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.

*The pregame show was quite bad. It was anchored by comedians Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle and, though they had some funny jokes, it lasted nearly 30 minutes. The whole thing was pretty much universally panned on social media. Fergie's national anthem was also roasted by the masses.

*The halftime show was much better. It began with N.E.R.D taking it back to their older days with 'Lapdance,' went to Migos performing 'Stir Fry' and swung back to N.E.R.D. who did their latest hit 'Lemon.' 


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The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

Whoever put together the NBA All-Star Game player introductions has some 'splainin to do. 

The NBA introduced a kinda-full Staples Center to their 2018 All-Stars about an hour ago, and boy was it weird. There were a lot of dancers in different themed costumes. Kevin Hart was screaming. Rob Riggle was screaming. Ludacris showed up? Hey! Did you know that the Barenaked Ladies are still a band? The NBA would like you to know they're still around.  The whole thing was like when you're at an art museum and you're told that abstract piece in the corner is actually really meaningful but you gotta be honest, you don't get it. 

Anyways, the internet hated it. Here are some highlights from the internet hating it:

The lesson here is that you never need Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle. One will do.