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Joe B offers words of advice for Caps ahead of Game 3 against Pens

Joe B offers words of advice for Caps ahead of Game 3 against Pens

The Capitals knew that their series against the Penguins was not going to be easy.

After losing games 1 and 2 at home, it is time for them to refocus in Pittsburgh. Caps play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati joined the Sports Junkies on Monday, ahead of Game 3, to offer some words of advice to the team.

"What you have to do now is park what happened in the first two games. Use whatever fancy terminology you want, compartmentalize it. All you focus on is one singular game. So game three is in Pittsburgh, very difficult place to win, but I believe in this teams ability level to produce a big game and to produce better than they did in the first two."

 Beninati went on to say:

"I think so much of this fellas, is in their minds, I think it's in their heads. And they try so desperately to beat this particular team. This is their archrival, their nemesis. They try so hard that they don't allow themselves to play to their best abilities. In the first period the other night in Game 2, I thought they could be world leaders. You coulda' put any hockey team on the ice in front of them and for whatever reason whether it be Marc-Andre Fleury, and I'm sure we'll get into that and more, they didn't come away with a lead. And this Pittsburgh bunch, a championship caliber squad, is so opportunistic that when you over-extend....they burn you."

So how do the Caps get over this mind game? Beninati used a simple quote, 

"Don't try harder, try easier. These are all words. You can sit there [and say], 'Joe it's a bunch of mumbo jumbo,' but it's all in the minds. Relax and let your ability level come to the top."

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Twitter reacts to Alex Ovechkin tallying his 700th career goal

Twitter reacts to Alex Ovechkin tallying his 700th career goal

With 4:50 remaining in the third period of the Capitals' loss to the Devils, Alex Ovechkin became the eighth player in NHL history to reach 700 goals. Deservingly so, Twitter exploded into an absolute moshpit of excitement and appreciation for Ovi's milestone:

As you can hear in these clips the crowd at Prudential Center broke out into soccer-style Ovi chants.


The Devils' crowd gave Ovechkin a standing ovation, the atmosphere after goal 700 was electric. 

This should go without saying but Caps Prom was lit for Ovi's 700th. Manifestation is key.

Now that the weight of 700 is seemingly in the rearview mirror hopefully, the Caps can get back to their winning ways. 

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Ovechkin scores 700, but Caps still fall in New Jersey

Ovechkin scores 700, but Caps still fall in New Jersey

Alex Ovechkin's historical tally was not enough on Saturday as the Capitals fell 3-2 to the New Jersey Devils. Washington has now lost six of its last seven games as the team continues to skid.

Here is how the Caps lost.

No goals on two early power plays

For a Caps team in desperate need of getting right, they had two golden opportunities to take control against a weak team shedding all of its best players. Tom Wilson drew a roughing call from Connor Carrick at 2:36 and less than a minute after the power play expired, Travis Zajac put Washington right back on the power play with a high-stick to Michal Kempny.

Despite two early opportunities, the Caps did not score a goal and failed to build any offensive momentum at all.

A misplay by Eller

Richard Panik was hooked in the offensive zone and lost the puck, but Dmitry Orlov picked it up and passed to Lars Eller. Eller attempted a soft backhand pass to Carl Hagelin that was picked off by Damon Severson. At that moment, Jesper Bratt bolted down the ice and Severson delivered the pass to send him on the breakaway which Bratt scored after faking a shot to freeze Ilya Samsonov and deking around him.

Todd Reirden was displeased after the goal and benched Eller and Michal Kempny for the remainder of the first period.

Jensen loses his man

Defending against a New Jersey power play, Nick Jensen had to deal with Wayne Simmonds, who parked himself next to the net. That's where Simmonds likes to work and he is very effective there.

Nikita Gusev delivered a pass to the front of the net, but Jensen, anticipating the shot, went down to a knee. He remained there when Bratt tried to redirect the puck on net. The redirect was weak and from the high slot, an easy save for Samsonov had it gotten to him. Instead, it deflected off of Jensen and right to Simmonds who buried the puck.

Third-period penalties

New Jersey gave Washington two power plays to work with in the third period in a tie game. The Caps did not score on either and then returned the favor by giving up two power plays of their own. Evgeny Kuznetsov was called for hooking and Michal Kempny was caught slashing Kyle Palmieri just 71 seconds later.

Damon Severson scored with 1:59 remaining in the game to give New Jersey the 3-2 lead.

Net-front pressure

Washington fired 34 shots on goal for the game so you may be tempted to think a hot goalie stoned them. That's not what happened. Washington did not get nearly enough pressure in front of the net and fired far too many shots from too high in the zone to effectively challenge New Jersey netminder Mackenzie Blackwood.

When Tom Wilson parked himself in front of Blackwood on a power play in the second period, the Caps scored. There was not nearly enough of that on Saturday.

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