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Beninati: Amazing Comeback

Beninati: Amazing Comeback

Saturday, December 19, 2009

By Joe Beninati
Capitals Play-By-Play

After a third period like that, I pinch myself thinking about how lucky I am to have the chance to describe such things! Bruce Boudreau challenged his hockey team behind closed doors after 40 minutes. He challenged the best player in the world to lead the way and Alex Ovehkin delivered.

The first 20 minutes of the game were controlled by the Caps, but Edmonton Goalie Jeff Deslauriers was very strong. He's the type of tall, rangy netminder who'll give Washington troubles from time to time. The Oilers were doing a nice job of keeping their defensive shape in front of Deslauriers. A costly giveaway by Jeff Schultz and a fluke bounce off Karl Alzner lead to the home team building a 2-0 lead after two.

It was then that Boudreau lit a fire under his team and Ovechkin elevated his game. His energy level wasn't great in the first two frames, but he came on with a vengence in the third.

His teammates picked up the pace. After the Oilers killed a two-man disadvantage, thanks largely to heroic shot blocking from Steve Staios, the Caps took the lead on a beautiful play from Mike Knuble to Tomas Fleischmann. Fleishcmann's shot almost took my breath away, he released it in the blink of eye and his accuracy was just perfect. An insurance goal from Nick Backstrom put a brilliant comeback to bed.

Hopefully you're safe and sound with all the snow flying around the area. The guys are trying to fly back tonight and their spirits are soaring high. See you at Verizon Center on Wednesday for another rematch with the Buffalo Sabres.

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books. 

Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs. 

The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993. 

"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. 

Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.

 

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Redskins ranked as the fourth most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes

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Redskins ranked as the fourth most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes

Annually, Forbes releases the worth of all professional sports franchises in the world. Once again, the Washington Redskins are sitting near the top. 

This year the Redskins are ranked the fourth most valuable NFL franchise at $3.1 billion. 

That marks a five percent worth increase from a year ago. They leapfrogged the San Francisco 49ers for a spot in the top four after placing fifth in 2017. They still trail the Dallas Cowboys ($4.8 billion), the New England Patriots ($3.7 billion), and the New York Giants ($3.3 billion).

Compared to other leagues and franchises, the Redskins jumped into the top-10. They are tied for the tenth overall value with the Golden State Warriors who are coming off of their third NBA title in four years.

From year-to-year there is never much movement from the top of the ranking. Once again, the Cowboys are the top team in the world by over $600 million. They were followed by three European soccer teams. In total four NFL teams made up the top-10, the most of any sport. 

2018 Top-10 World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams according to Forbes:

1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.8 billion (NFL)

2. Manchester United, $4.123 billion ( Soccer)

3. Real Madrid, $4.09 billion (Soccer)

4. Barcelona, $4.064 billion (Soccer)

5. New York Yankees, $4 billion (MLB)

6. New England Patriots, $3.7 billion (NFL)

7. New York Knicks, $3.6 billion (NBA)

8. Los Angeles Lakers, $3.3 billion (NBA)

8. New York Giants, $3.3 billion (NFL)

T-10. Golden State Warriors, $3.1 billion (NBA)

T-10. Washington Redskins, $3.1 billion (NFL)

Next five NFL franchises:

13. San Francisco 49ers, $3.05 billion

T-14. Los Angeles Rams, $3 billion 

17. Chicago Bears, $2.85 billion 

T-19. Houston Texans, $2.8 billion

21. New York Jets, $2.75 billion

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