Sunday, March 21, 2010 1:21am
By Joe Beninati
Good defense, timely offense and very solid goaltending---it all added up to another Washington win down in Tampa Saturday night. While most of the sporting world was shocked by Kansas losing in the NCAA tournament, there will be no worry about the Capitals falling in upset fashion.
Thomas Fleischmann was on the receiving end of a nice feed from Eric Fehr to get the Caps off to a flying start less than 3 minutes into the game. The Lightning turned up the heat on Jose Theodore after that opening tally. Vinny Lecavalier, Teddy Purcell and Brandon Bochenski were cycling the puck in expert fashion, and Lecavalier coverted just shy of the 7 minute mark. It would be the only blemish on an otherwise perfect night for Theodoremore on him later.
Alex Ovechkin came to the rink on a mission this evening, and he was sent in solo by Nick Backstrom just 4 minutes after Lecavalier's goal. The Great 8 made a forceful move to his forehand that Antero Nittymaki could not counter, and the Caps had a lead they would never relinquish.
After the 3 goal first, both teams tightened things down in a scoreless second period. The Bolts had their chances, but Theodore would not budge in goal. His confidence is sky high right now. Caps' fans won't get tired of hearing that he's 16-0-2 since mid-January. Pucks are hitting him and sticking close to him, and if his rebound control stays this steady, hell be that much tougher to beat as we move into spring.
Steve Downie tried his best to be a pain-in-the-neck throughout the middle period. He loves to agitate with the hope of drawing penalties and breaking an opponent's concentration. He took a selfish penalty late in regulation that was a sign of his teams collective frustration. I enjoyed that.
DC put the game out of reach in the third after a beautiful open-ice move by Brooks Laich led to an Alex Semin deposit of a goalmouth rebound.
It wasnt a pretty win, but it was efficient. Now the team gets back home, takes a deep breathe, and gets set for Pittsburgh on Wednesday at Verizon. That sounds like fun. See you on Comcast SportsNet.
The Redskins are very thin at running back right now.
Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November.
Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation.
The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game.
Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team.
Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown.
The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday.
In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers.
More Redskins news
-Redskins vs Jets: Must-see photos from the game
-Analysis: Five Redskins-Jets observations
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After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.
Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother.
Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.
After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth.
The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.
She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.
Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!
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