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CSN to celebrate Alex Ovechkin this week as he approaches 500-goal milestone

CSN to celebrate Alex Ovechkin this week as he approaches 500-goal milestone

CAPITALS CAPTAIN SUBJECT OF 3-PART SERIES SET TO DEBUT AFTER GAMES THIS WEEK, BEGINNING TONIGHT

HALF-HOUR SHOWS TO FEATURE CURRENT AND FORMER TEAMMATES, TOP NHL ANALYSTS AND HOCKEY LEGENDS

FANS CAN JOIN THE ACTION BY PREDICTING GAME AND PERIOD OF HISTORIC GOAL AT CHASETO500.COM 

BETHESDA, Md. – Jan. 5, 2016– CSN Mid-Atlantic is celebrating Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin with a special three-part series set to debut this week, a fan contest to predict the game and period of the goal, and other multiplatform content as he approaches the milestone of 500 career NHL goals.

The three half-hour shows will debut after Capitals games this week, immediately following Capitals Postgame Live, starting tonight (Capitals at Bruins at 7 p.m.) with Alex Ovechkin Great Moments. The other two shows will premiere Thursday, Jan. 7 (Capitals at Islanders at 7 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 10 (Capitals vs. Senators at 7 p.m.), respectively. 

Each program will encore multiple times, including consecutive airings on Jan. 17 following the Capitals game against the N.Y. Rangers at 5 p.m. Highlights from the shows will be made available throughout the week on CSNmidatlantic.com and within CSN’s news, analysis and entertainment programming.

ALEX OVECHKIN GREAT MOMENTS

Alex Ovechkin Great Moments will debut tonight following Capitals Postgame Live (Capitals vs. Bruins at 7 p.m.) at approximately 10 p.m. The show will feature an exclusive interview with Ovechkin and a roundtable with CSN live-game announcers Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, Al Koken and Alan May. Capitals greats Peter Bondra and Rod Langway also make appearances as Ovechkin’s many career highlights and significant impact are detailed. 

ALEX OVECHKIN TOP 10 GOALS

Alex Ovechkin Top 10 Goals will debut Thursday, Jan. 7, following Capitals Postgame Live (Capitals at Islanders at 7 p.m.) at approximately 10 p.m. A countdown of Ovechkin’s most memorable goals, the show is hosted by NBC Sports’ NHL analyst and 500-goal scorer Jeremy Roenick. CSN’s Jill Sorenson, Tarik El-Bashir and Chuck Gormley, as well as Beninati, Laughlin and May, are included to discuss one of Ovechkin’s most celebrated highlight-reel goals.

ALEX OVECHKIN HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Alex Ovechkin History in the Making is scheduled to make its debut Sunday, Jan. 10, following Capitals Postgame Live (Capitals vs. Senators at 7 p.m.) at approximately 10 p.m. The documentary-style program will review Ovechkin’s tremendous career to date and consider the substantial legacy he continues to build.

More than 30 current and former teammates and coaches, including Nicklas Backstrom, Barry Trotz, Olie Kolzig, Jeff Halpern, Mike Green and Brendan Witt; all-time greats, such as Roenick, Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Jarome Iginla; and media members who have covered Ovechkin’s career will be featured in the program.

CHASE TO 500 SWEEPSTAKES

As part of the celebration, CSN is also hosting an ongoing online sweepstakes that allows fans to predict the game and period that Ovechkin enters the exclusive 500-goal club. By entering their information and prediction at ChaseTo500.com, fans will have the chance to win two front-row seats to the Capitals home game against the Penguins on April 7at 7 p.m. Entries can be made through Jan. 10.

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4 reasons the Caps beat the Blue Jackets in Game 4

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4 reasons the Caps beat the Blue Jackets in Game 4

The Caps put together their best performance of the series Thursday in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series.

he win pulled Washington even with Columbus in the series 2-2.

Here's how the Caps got the big win.

4 Reasons why the Capitals beat the Blue Jackets in Game 4

1. Tom Wilson factors in the offense

Wilson’s hands are good for more than just punching.

He proved that again on Thursday as he scored the first goal for the second consecutive game. Chandler Stephenson and John Carlson provided the pressure on Sergei Bobrovsky. With Bobrovsky scrambling in the crease, Evgeny Kuznetsov passed the puck back to Wilson who fired the one-timer past the Columbus netminder.

In the first two games of the series, Wilson had no points and no shots. In the last two games, he has two goals and 13 shots on goal.

2. A great keep-in by John Carlson

We saw how dangerous it was when penalty killers fail to clear the puck in Game 1 when the Caps failed to clear in the third period leading to the game-tying power play goal.

In Game 4, the roles were reversed. Trying to kill off an Artemi Panarin penalty, Cam Atkinson attempted to clear the puck with the backhand. Carlson skillfully corralled the puck out of the air at the blue line to keep it in the zone.

The power play was able to reset and T.J. Oshie scored the rebound goal soon after.

3. Braden Holtby closes the door to finish the second period

After the Caps took the 2-0 lead, the Blue Jackets made a late push to try to pull one back.

In the last 10 minutes of the second period, Columbus had 13 shot attempts, five of which were not net. Several of those shots were high-quality opportunities, but Holtby came up with the big saves that the team was not getting earlier in the series.

His play ensured the Caps took the 2-0 lead to the locker room.

4. Alex Ovechkin extends the lead to three

Washington entered the third period up 2-0. In each of the first three games, the Caps held a two-goal lead and allowed the Blue Jackets to battle back and tie the score. Even with a two-goal lead, it still felt at the start of the third that the next goal would decide the game. If Columbus pulled within one and got the crowd back on their side, we have seen what that momentum can do for them.

This time, however, Ovechkin struck first. After a board battle behind the net, the puck trickled out to the faceoff circle. Ovechkin grabbed it and quickly snapped the puck past Bobrovsky before anyone could react.

The goal gave Washington their first three-goal lead of the series and shut the Blue Jackets’ comeback down before it could begin.

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Tarik's 3 stars: Ovechkin said Caps would even the series, on Thursday, he helped them do it

Tarik's 3 stars: Ovechkin said Caps would even the series, on Thursday, he helped them do it

COLUMBUS — Alex Ovechkin confidently predicted earlier this week that the Caps were going to win twice at Nationwide Arena and take their first round series back to Washington knotted, two games apiece.

And, on Thursday night, that’s exactly what Ovechkin made sure his team did.

No. 8, who was playing in his franchise-record 101st playoff game, scored his third goal of the playoffs early in the final frame and the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Game 4.

Tarik’s Three Stars of Capitals-Blue Jackets Game 4

1. Tom Wilson, Capitals

After a slow (and penalty plagued) start to this series, Wilson has become a force. Yes, he took another minor.

But the good is far outweighing the bad these days. Big Willy recorded a goal, an assist and a team-high seven shots.  

2. Braden Holtby, Capitals

Holtby had his best game in, well, a long time. He stopped 23 shots, including all eight he saw in a contentious second period.

The goal he surrendered was a nearly unstoppable tip-in by Boone Jenner.

3. T.J. Oshie, Capitals

Osh just plays the game so dang hard.

So it should come as no surprise that he delivered in his team’s biggest game of the season to this point. Oshie, of course, scored the game-winning goal on the power play midway through the second period. It was No. 77’s second tally of the series.

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