Beninati:There Was Lots Of Action

Beninati:There Was Lots Of Action

Saturday, February 13, 2010

By Joe Beninati
Capitals Play-by-Play

There were a few points that jumped out with me at me with this game in St. Louis. The most noticeable was the amount of hitting over the course of 65 minutes. Whenever I have seen the Blues this year, I have noticed their willingness to throw the body, and tonight was no exception. The fans inside of Scott Trade Center loved the action and the intensity. It's one of the loudest buildings in the league, and the Mardi Gras party spilled over inside the arena.

This was a better defensive effort from the Caps than we saw in either of the first two games of the trip in Montreal or Ottawa. Jose Theodore was very strong in goal. His glove save on Alex Steen will be on every highlight show for weeks. The Caps were down two men at the time, and Theodore was clutch at the right moment, and the penalty killers around him were determined to succeed. It was a nice job by David Steckel, Boyd Gordon and Jeff Schultz to make sure the Caps arrived at the overtime after 60 minutes tied up at 3.

Let's go back to the beginning of the night. The initial six minutes of the game featured at ugly incident involving Matt Bradley and Blue's tough guy Cam Janssen. Janssen blind-sided Bradley along the boards long after Matt had moved the puck. The Cap's winger was knocked woozey and did not return. It was the type of hit the league is looking to eliminate and Janssen should face supplementary discipline on top of the game misconduct he received this evening. The Caps power play produced a pair of Mike Knuble goals. The big winger was camped in the slot for both tallies, looking very comfortable in the high-traffic area.

We were told this morning that the league had asked the referees to clamp down on interference calls. They took that advice to heart and called 4 of them, plus several other hooking and holding minors tonight. I especially didn't like the one called on Karl Alzner, who barely grazed the forechecker along the boards before he was hit with the interference minor.

This was a fun game to call even if it didn't turn out DC's way. Chris Mason and Theodore were very strong in goal and it easy to see why the Blues are high on people's list for the future. Their youngsters are pretty good.

Best wishes to all the Olympians league-wide. The tournament in Vancouver will be extremely competitive. Let's hope everyone returns home healthy and in the end that they put on a great show. I know I will be watching with interest.

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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