Beninati: Capitals Collapse

Beninati: Capitals Collapse

Monday, November 23, 2009

Stop me if you've heard this one before. The Caps squandered a third period lead tonight and did so by being outworked and by taking foolish penalties. The sad song remains the same. After a nearly textbook team defensive effort for 40 minutes, the visiting team either ran out of gas or lost interest.It sure looked like the Senators were ready to roll over after two periods. Washington had them demoralized and had taken just about all the life out of the crowd at Scotia Bank Place.Three unanswered goals for D.C. put them in a position to win tonight. Chris Clark's disputed goal was set up perfectly by Brian Pothier. BrendanMorrison took a pretty pass from Mike Green after a defensive lapse by the Senators. ThenJonathan Cheechoo gave Jay Beagle the puck on a platter 15-feet in front of Ottawa's goalie and it looked like the Caps were on easy street. Well, not quite.The Senators resurrected their hopes with an early third period tip-in from Chris Neil. This game was full of tip-in tallies. It was one redirect after another. When Alex Ovechkin got called for roughing in the third, Ottawa could sense a huge momentum shift. AlexandrePicard blasted one past a screened Semyon Varlamov and it was a brand new hockey game.

Once we got to overtime Mike Green made a couple of ill-advised moves which lead to Ottawa scoring chances. Varlamov made a stunning save on Jason Spezza to pull their butts out fo the fire, only to see Mike Fisher end the game seconds later on the business end of another odd man rush. Bruce Boudreau would say afterwards it was a total collapse of 20 guys and that Ottawa ultimately wanted it more. Varlamov deserved a better fate. Beagle's first NHL goal celebration will be somewhat muted as a result.

And now the injury-riddled Caps come home to face the Northeast Division leading Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. Cheer loudly Caps fans the boys need some inspiration to snap out of this skid.

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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat


This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

Since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time over one month ago, Caps fans, (and players), have rushed to their local tattoo parlor to get some ink commemorating the win.

We've seen the classic Capitals logo with the Stanley Cup, but nothing that comes close to the masterpiece that is Shane Peacher's tattoo.

Peacher tweeted to Joe B and Courtney Laughlin the finished tat: a work of art featuring Alex Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup for the first time as it's hoisted over his head.

Joe B replied making sure Shane had enough room on his other tricep for next year.

Shane replied that he's thinking of Evgeny Kuznetsov's iconic celebration that has since been dubbed the "birdman."


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Strasburg, Scherzer get in heated conversation after ugly inning


Strasburg, Scherzer get in heated conversation after ugly inning

The Washington Nationals have had a less than ideal season thus far.

The reigning N.L. East champs entered the All-Star Break 5.5 games back of first place, have a new manager that has gotten his fair share of criticism, are riddled with injuries contributing to a lengthy disabled list and seem to be frustrated to no end on the baseball field.

In his first game back following a right shoulder injury that landed him on the DL for over a month, Stephen Strasburg started Friday night's game in Washington against the Braves, one of tewo teams above the Nats in the East standings.

Following a poor outing in the fifth inning in which Davey Martinez decided to pull Strasburg, fellow ace Max Scherzer attempted to greet the starter. Strasburg brushed Scherzer off as he sat down on the bench and the two got into what seemed like a very heated exchange.

The Nationals never recovered from Strasburg's start and fell to the Braves 8-5 in Washington.

The frustration was evident as Martinez met with Scherzer and Strasburg to hash out the argument, delaying postgame clubhouse access to the media while their meeting was going on.

The meeting was kept under lock by Martinez, Scherzer, and Strasburg, who chalked it up to just being a part of the "family."

According to Martinez, the dugout conversation was hashed out and he immediately brushed it off when pressed for questions.

The Nationals look to even up the series against The Braves in Washington tonight.