Beninati: "DC Came On Strong"

Beninati: "DC Came On Strong"

Monday, December 7, 2009
I wouldn't call this one a complete game victory, but it had more thanenough positive moments for the Caps to pick up another two points.It's great to check the standings and see Washington prominentlydisplayed on top of the division, the conference, and how about this,the entire league!

The first period was littered with sloppy plays onboth sides. The Caps caught a break when a couple of great scoringchances for Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis went for naught.The Caps had their own issues in the first frame as their power playsputtered on three quick man advantages.

But as the trends wouldindicate DC came on strong in period number two. They've now earned avictory in 12 straight meetings with the Lightning and this evening'sdecision gives them wins in their last six overall.

Alex Semin mad aperfect pass to Alexander Ovechkin for his first goal. The great eightshowed no signs of any lingering knee pain from his collision a weekago in Raleigh.

Eric Fehr proved he has a good nose for the net shortlyafter Ovie's strike. He went to the right spot, drove the net hard, andwas rewarded. All the little things Washington wasn't doing properly inthe first period, turned back in their favor in period two.

Ovechkin'ssecond goal of the night came after Tomas Fleischmann was robbed by thegoal post. The rebound came right to Alex, who got just enough on hisshot to have it inch across the goal line.

Semin's stick handlingtricks tonight were pretty outrageous. He has the ability to contorthis body and most importantly his hands and wrists to make plays thatmost people have no business making.

I think Tampa Bay has improvedfrom last year. The Caps did a nice job of slowing down Stamkos,Malone, and St. Louis. That is not easy to do and the whole teamdeserves credit for the awareness they showed whenever those guys wereon the ice.

Last but not least, Semyon Varlamov is rolling right now.He is dripping with confidence. His teammates believe in him and heappears to be more comfortable with every game. We should tell you hehas a true winner's attitude. He looks like a school boy, but trust me,he burns to be the best and to win, and he is doing that a lot.

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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.


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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.