Beninati: All Is Well That Ends Well

Beninati: All Is Well That Ends Well

Saturday, November 28, 2009

All is well that ends well for the Washington Capitals. The start ofthis game couldn't have been better for the visitors. With 22,000people rooting against them, Bruce Boudreau's boys put two quick onespast Carey Price and it looked liked they were heading towards an easy win.

But as usual they can't stand prosperity. The Montreal power playhelped fuel the comeback. Those guys were determined to screen andcrowd young Semyon Varlamov and he did his best to fend them off.

Bothgoalies were a treat to watch and it is amazing how differently theyapproach the game. Price is never flustered. He plays the game as if hewere seated on a rocking chair. Don't get me wrong, he is very competitive,but there are times I want to check him for a pulse.

Varlamov is on theother end of the spectrum, an explosive athlete who plays with suchflair and dramatics.

When Travis Moen deflected a Marc-Andre Bergerionwrist shot in the 3rd period past Varlamov, it appeared as if the gamewas going to land in the win column for Montreal. But Eric Fehr cappedoff a fine outing for himself in style.

While the Caps were awarded alate power play opportunity, Boudreau lifted Varlamov for an extraattacker. Fehr cleaned up a short rebound to tie the score with just 12seconds left. With Mike Knuble and Alex Semin out of the lineup, theCaps need Fehr to deliver and he has not disappointed.

In the shootout,Varlamov was perfect against three Montreal gunners. That set the stagefor Nick Backstrom to win it with a flick of the wrist. Backstrom hasbeen struggling the last couple of weeks. Hopefully, this snaps him outof it in advance of Monday's game in Raleigh.

Quick Links

Caps announce preseason schedule to kick off a busy week


Caps announce preseason schedule to kick off a busy week

The Stanley Cup champion Caps will open their seven-game exhibition schedule on Sept. 16 season against the Bruins at TD Garden, the team announced.  

Washington will face Boston, Carolina and St. Louis twice apiece—once on the road, once at home—and the 

Canadiens one time. The game against the Habs will be played at Videotron Arena in Quebec City.

NBC Sports Washington’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the preseason entire slate:

Date                    Opponent           Location                      Time
Sun., Sept. 16      at Boston          TD Garden                  1 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 18    vs. Boston         Capital One Arena     7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 20  at Montreal      Quebec City, Que.      7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 21        at Carolina        PNC Arena                  7:30 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 25    at St. Louis        Enterprise Center      7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28        vs. Carolina       Capital One Arena    7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30      vs. St. Louis      Capital One Arena     3 p.m.

Monday's announcement kicked off a busy week for the Caps.

On Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin will pick up his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Nicklas Backstrom will also be on hand for media interviews; key members of the Cup-winning team are typically in attendance.

On Friday and Saturday in Dallas, Washington will make selections in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th rounds of the 2018 Entry Draft at American Airlines Center. (Their fifth-round pick was dealt to Minnesota in the Tyler Graovac deal.)

Next Monday, many of the organization’s prospects, including this year’s picks, will report to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the start of development camp. The schedule and roster will be announced this week.


Quick Links

Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams drop slightly but still near top in MLB All-Star Game votes


Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams drop slightly but still near top in MLB All-Star Game votes

The MLB All-Star Game is at Nationals Park and is now less than a month away, so let's check in on how D.C.'s top players and fan favorites are doing in the voting. 

After the first National League All-Star Game ballot update last week, Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams were the three Nationals among the top players receiving votes. And while that's still the case, they've all dropped one position since last week. Perhaps because of the Nats' recent slump?

Opening as the No. 1 outfielder, Harper is now No. 2 in the voting with 1,002,696 tallies, behind Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis with 1,173,653 votes. They are, however, the only two outfielders with more than a million votes and 2-of-5 overall in the voting. 

Adams — who was 14th among outfielders last week — slid one spot to No. 15 with 237,165 votes.

Last week, Turner was the No. 4 shortstop on the ballot, but he has since dropped to No. 4 with 279,071 votes. He's behind San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, Braves' Dansby Swanson, Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell and Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story — who was the one to jump Turner this time around. 

If you're a Nats fan who doesn't like these results, don't worry. You can keep voting until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and you can vote up to five times every 24 hours. Read more about how to vote for your favorite players in the MLB All-Star Game HERE

The 2018 NL-AL matchup is in Washington, D.C. on July 17.