Joe B: Ottawa Pulls Out Win

Joe B: Ottawa Pulls Out Win

Tuesday March 30, 2010, 11:59pm

By Joe BeninatiCapitals Play-By-Play

It's only fitting that a regular season series that features that 33goals split between two teams would culminate with a 5-4 OT decision.The Senators and Caps are not afraid to throw caution to the wind.

Ottawa found a way to win this game when I was convinced thatWashington's come back efforts would be rewarded. The Senators tookadvantage of their power play chances, cashing in three times,including a sublime tip-in from Alex Kovalev to win it with just 19seconds left in OT.

The Caps have not been able to match theiropponent's desperation level in the past few outings, and some willargue how could they, with almost everything achievable in the regularseason wrapped up. With games against Atlanta and Boston in the nearfuture, the opponent is definitely going to NEED the game more thanWashington.

That said, the Capitals showed enough moxie to battle backfrom a 3-1 deficit this evening.

In the first period, Ottawa scored acouple goals as a result of bank shots and deflections. Those haveplagued Jose Theodore in back-to-back games. Alex Semin has been nearlyunstoppable against the Senators and their top net minder BrianElliott. The crafty winger scored two more beauties tonight, one offhis patented wrist shot, the other on a backhand to the roof that wasset up by Alex Ovechkin.

When Mike Green scored the goal in the secondperiod, I was completely of the belief the home team would stomp itsway to victory in the third. Green was very good in both ends of theice this evening.

Mathieu Perreault's third period goal came off a verysmooth backhanded play with very little room to operate. The youngcenter put that puck upstairs like he has played 10 years in the bigleagues.

Unfortunately for the Caps, Jason Spezza had the bounces gohis way all night as he tallied two goals and two assists. The secondgoal forcing the overtime. The game was decided by Kovalev who prior tothis evening had not mustered a single point this month.

The Capssettle for just one point as a result of that and await Atlanta onThursday on CSN.


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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy


NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.


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In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Why the change?

The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.

The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.

Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.

Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.

And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.