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Beninati: Double Satisfaction

Beninati: Double Satisfaction

Thursday, January 21, 2010

By Joe Beninati
Capitals Play-By-Play

The satisfaction is double when a 6-3 win comes at the expense of your arch rival. The Capitals played this game with a playoff intensity and by the third period the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins were tired of matching it.The Capitals were the better team very early in the game, putting a ton of pressure on their ex-teammate Brent Johnson. The veteran netminder played his heart out to keep the Caps off the board in the first ten minutes. At the other end, Jose Theodore was his own worst enemy, mishandling a long dump in that turned out to be a gift wrapped goal for Sidney Crosby. The resilient Caps fought back to tie in the opening period when Mike Knuble drove hard to the net to clean up an Alex Ovechkin rush. Ovechkin, Knuble, and Backstrom played with a much better tempo tonight compared to the Red Wings game earlier this week.The second period was a high-scoring extravaganza. Eric Fehr and Ovechkin sandwiched their tallies around a couple for Pittsburgh. Ovechkin converted an old school wrist shot
for his power play goal. The Penguins received the first three power plays of the game and did not cash them in. As it turned out the Caps would be a perfect 2-for-2 with two power play goals coming on just two shots.The first four minutes of the third period had to make Caps fans very pleased. The indescribably skilled hands of Alex Semin sent Tomas Fleischmann in on a breakway and Flash put it away, looking very much like a seasoned pro. When Backstrom caught Johnson leaning off the post 53 seconds later, D.C. had a much deserved lead to protect down the stretch.There have been times this year when they've had issues putting games away in these situations, but this was not one of them. Theodore bounced back from his early bobble very well. The defense corps, which was without an injured Mike Green, repeatedly
turned away Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who played on the same line for most of the third period. ShaoneMorrisonn turned in an inspired performance and not just for his two assists.The Caps won the faceoff battle by a mile and delivered the most jarring hit of the night. This win was a very positive step. A big victory in the backyard of your biggest enemy and a job very well done. See you on Saturday with a game against Phoenix on CSN.

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National League All-Star Game Roster Projection: How it will all break down

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National League All-Star Game Roster Projection: How it will all break down

In less than a month, the 2018 MLB All-Star game will take place at Nationals Park.

There are plenty of details that still need ironing out, but none are more important than the 64 players that will be taking the field at the Midsummer Classic.

Surely the Washington Nationals are hoping that many of their hometown stars will make the cut.

So, lets clear the air. How are the MLB All-Star rosters created? Well it is a combination of the fan vote, the player ballots, and the MLB Commissioners Office. No, it is not a 33-33-33 split, but rather a political (yet fair) process. Here is how it shakes out for there to be 32 players on each team:

  • Fan vote: eight position players in NL/ nine in AL (DH); plus final vote for each league
  • Player’s ballots: next 16 players in NL; 17 players in AL (five starting pitchers, three relievers must be chosen)
  • MLB Commissioner’s Office: seven NL players (four pitchers, three position players) and five AL players (four pitchers, one position player)

Keep in mind, the MLB Commissioner’s Office merely is just there to ensure that there is one representative from all 30 MLB teams. Additionally, the player’s ballots are generally in-line with statistics and name recognition.

So let’s see how this shakes out for the National League All-Star Game roster. This factors in the latest fan vote returns:

National League All-Star Roster Projection:

C – Buster Posey, Giants (Fan Vote), Wilson Contreras, Cubs (Player Ballot)
1B – Freddie Freeman, Braves (Fan Vote), Jose Martinez, Cardinals (Player Ballot), Justin Bour, Marlins (Commissioner’s Office)
2B – Ozzie Albies, Braves (Fan Vote), Scooter Gennett, Reds (Player Ballot)
3B – Nolan Arenado, Rockies (Fan Vote), Kris Bryant, Cubs (Player Ballot)
SS – Brandon Crawford, Giants (Fan Vote), Chris Taylor, Dodgers (Player Ballot)
OF – Nick Markakis, Braves (Fan Vote), Bryce Harper, Nationals (Fan Vote), Matt Kemp (Fan Vote), Albert Almora Jr., Cubs (Player Ballot), Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (Player Ballot), Corey Dickerson, Pirates (Player Ballot), David Peralta, Diamondbacks (Commissioner’s Office), Christian Yelich (Commissioner’s Office)

SP – Max Scherzer, Nationals (Player Ballot), Sean Newcomb, Braves (Player Ballot), Jon Lester, Cubs (Player Ballot), Aaron Nola, Phillies (Player Ballot), Jacob deGrom, Mets (Player Ballot), Mike Foltynewicz, Braves (Commissioner’s Office)

RP – Brad Hand, Padres (Player Ballot), Sean Doolittle, Nationals (Player Ballot), Josh Hader Brewers (Player Ballot), Wade Davis, Rockies (Commissioner’s Office), Kenley Jansen (Commissioner’s Office), Jeremy Jeffress (Commissioner’s Office)

Manager: Dave Roberts, Dodgers

After this, there will be one more player chosen by another fan vote. The MLB Commissioner’s Office, along with the manager, choses five players to be selected in the penultimate vote. 

This puts three Nationals on the All-Star team with the Braves leading the charge with five selections.

Now of course nothing ever goes to plan, but heck its baseball, not everyone will be happy.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Suddenly the Caps are in need of a head coach

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Suddenly the Caps are in need of a head coach

Less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup, the Caps are in need of a new head coach.

Barry Trotz resigned as the Caps coach on Monday after he and the team failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. How did we get here and where do both parties go from here? JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break it all down.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.