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CSN, Capitals announce 77-game TV schedule

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CSN, Capitals announce 77-game TV schedule

LIVE COVERAGE TO INCLUDE 6 PRESEASON AND 71 REGULAR-SEASON GAMES; 11 CONTESTS TO BE PRESENTED NATIONALLY ON NBC, NBCSN

CAPS FACEOFF AND CAPS OVERTIME TO JOIN CAPS GAMETIME AND CAPS EXTRA TO DELIVER 2.5 HOURS OF LIVE GAMEDAY NEWS, ANALYSIS AND ENTERTAINMENT

EXTENSIVE CAPS CONTENT TO BE FEATURED ACROSS WEBSITE, APP AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS THROUGHOUT THE DAY

NEW FEATURE SHOWS TO PROVIDE IN-DEPTH STORYTELLING AND INSIDE ACCESS

Bethesda, Md. (Sept. 14, 2017) – CSN Mid-Atlantic, which will become NBC Sports Washington on Oct. 2, and the Washington Capitals have announced the team’s 77-game regional television schedule for the 2017-18 NHL season, which features 71 regular-season games and six preseason contests. As previously announced, NBCSN and NBC will combine to present exclusive national coverage of 11 Capitals games this season.

LIVE-GAME COVERAGE

CSN’s live Capitals coverage, which will continue to be available to stream live on CSNmidatlantic.com and the NBC Sports app, will begin with the preseason opener at New Jersey on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. and will include six of the team’s seven exhibition games. Monumental Sports Network will simulcast CSN’s live coverage of the Sept. 27 exhibition game against the Devils. CSN’s regular-season schedule will start with the Capitals’ season opener Oct. 5 at Ottawa at 7:30 p.m.

CSN’s live coverage will be led by Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, game analyst Craig Laughlinand reporter Al Koken, who are entering their 21st consecutive season together. Analyst Alan May and Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir will again contribute regularly to game coverage.

GAMEDAY PROGRAMMING

This season, CSN will expand its gameday coverage to include 2.5 hours of live Capitals news, analysis, commentary and entertainment with a pair of new shows. Caps FaceOff will be presented for a half hour leading into pregame show Caps GameTime. After games, Caps Overtime will extend postgame coverage for up to an hour following Caps Extra. The new shows will be fan-focused, allowing Caps fans to participate in coverage of the day’s most compelling topics and storylines.

Caps FaceOff and Caps Overtime will be moderated by 106.7 the Fan’s Grant Paulsen and will feature a panel of rotating contributors, including Courtney Laughlin. Led by host Rob CarlinCaps GameTime and Caps Extra will include analyst May with contributions from Brent Johnson, Beninati, Laughlin, Koken and El-Bashir.

MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT

CSN’s coverage this season will be greatly expanded across every platform throughout the day. CSN’s website, mobile app and social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, will serve fan-focused video, audio, editorial and interactive content through every day-part. In the morning, the podcast Caps DriveTime will join Wake Up Call, a short-form interactive Caps experience delivered via alerts, social media and email that will provide “on-the-go” content on multiple platforms throughout the day.

CSN’s digital media properties, including CSNmidatlantic.com and the CSN Mid-Atlantic mobile app, will also be rebranded under the NBC Sports Washington name on Oct. 2. Fans can follow Capitals coverage on Twitter at @CSNCapitals and can follow CSN on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat at @CSNMA.

FEATURE SHOWS

In addition to expanded game-day and multiplatform content, CSN will also deliver more Capitals-related feature programming this season. These specials, presented primarily on non-game days, aim to keep fans engaged with behind-the scenes coverage of the team and players with a focus on storytelling and will include programs like On Ice with Alan May.

See the full schedule here:

CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NFL’s Washington Redskins and ACC. CSN Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 400 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, is the region’s top source for written, video and interactive sports content. CSN Mid-Atlantic will transition to NBC Sports Washington on October 2.

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Andre Burakovsky needed a spark. In seven games playing alongside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, Burakovsky had only two assists to show for his efforts.

In order to spark the young winger, Barry Trotz moved Andre Burakovsky to the third line. It looks like that was a good move.

In his first game on the third line on Friday, Burakovsky scored his first goal of the season as he wristed a blistering shot past Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek. Watch it in the player above.

The biggest issue for Burakovsky this season was waiting too long to get his shot off. Trotz's advice to him was, "Don't think too much." Burakovsky took those words to heart.

After taking the pass from Orlov, Burakovsky had room to work. Rather than waiting for the Red Wings to close the gap while aiming for the perfect shot, however, Burakovsky turned and immediately snapped the shot away.

It was a play he was not making in the first seven games. Will this goal spark the breakout season we have all been waiting for?

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Tarik's three stars: Andre Burakovsky rises to the challenge

Tarik's three stars: Andre Burakovsky rises to the challenge

DETROIT— Did the Caps ever need that.

Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play in overtime, and the Caps skated away with a 4-3 win over the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. The victory snapped Washington’s two-game losing streak.

My three stars of the game.

1-Andre Burakovsky

Andre Burakovsky scored his first goal of the season in the second period, then made a nifty pass to T.J. Oshie with 1:01 left to play to tie the game 3-3 and force an extra session. As sweet as the assist was, the goal probably meant more to No. 65. With 50 seconds remaining in the second period and the Caps in desperate need of something, Burakovsky controlled a pass from Dmitry Orlov a ripped a shot through a Detroit player and past Petr Mrazek’s short side to send the game into the third period knotted 1-1.

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2-Tomas Tatar

The Slovakian winger tied the game 2-2 early in the third period with a beautiful, long range redirection that found its way past Braden Holtby. Tatar then struck on the power later in the final frame, finishing a world class crossing zone pass from Henrik Zetterberg that skated the Wings to a 3-2 lead.

3-Jay Beagle

Burakovsky got off the schneid. Then Beagle followed suit just 1:25 into the third period…shorthanded no less. With the Caps killing off a penalty, Alex Chiasson made a diving play to get the puck up to Beagle, who raced away on a breakaway. Beagle made no mistake once he got within striking distance. The assist marked Chiasson’s first point as a Capital.

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