2nd half dooms Mystics against Shock


2nd half dooms Mystics against Shock

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Ivory Latta had 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Tulsa Shock used a strong second half and earned a 78-62 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday. The 62 points were the fewest scored by a Shock opponent this season. "I was very pleased with our effort. We have been wanting to sustain our effort for 40 minutes and I thought we did that tonight," Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "We wanted to go after them on defense and we made them make tough shots throughout the game. That's the effort we need every night to give ourselves a chance to win." Leading 43-40 with 3:30 left in the third quarter, Tulsa (3-13) finished the period on a 14-8 run to match its biggest lead of the game at 57-48. Riquana Williams opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 60-48 and Washington (3-12) would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the game. "We knew they would pressure us and our turnovers led to easy baskets for them," Washington coach Trudi Lacey said. "Late in the game, we were trying to be aggressive and get to the free-throw line, but it wasn't enough." Temeka Johnson had 17 points for the Shock and Glory Johnson added 16, despite leaving the game with 7:55 remaining after a flagrant foul by Washington's Monique Currie on a layup attempt. In a first half filled with runs, Tulsa grabbed its largest lead of the opening half with a 9-0 burst to take a 34-25 lead and force a Washington timeout with 2:51 left before halftime. Latta started the run with a 3-pointer and later added a steal and layup, one of Washington's 13 first-half turnovers. "We gave them too many points tonight," Lacey said. "The second-chance opportunities really hurt us." The Mystics closed the half with a three-point play from Crystal Langhorne to pull within 36-30 at the half. Langhorne finished as Washington's leading scorer with 13 points.

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Game 62: Capitals at Rangers date, time, how to watch, game thread

Game 62: Capitals at Rangers date, time, how to watch, game thread

Just over one week since their last visit to Madison Square Garden, the Caps return on Tuesday looking for a better result against the New York Rangers. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but they will face a Capitals team with a bolstered defensive core as defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to play. Washington acquired Shattenkirk on Monday. With Zach Sanford heading to St. Louis as part of the deal, expect to see Jakub Vrana make the lineup tonight in his place. He was recalled from AHL Hershey on Tuesday along with Riley Barber.

What: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET)

How to Watch: Capitals at Rangers will be broadcast on CSN Plus. (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals vs. Predators game on CSN's live stream


The Capitals (41-13-7) take on the Rangers (40-20-2) Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden.


The Capitals-Rangers game will be broadcast on CSN Plus. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 6:30 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game. (CSN channel Finder)


The Capitals-Rangers game, as well as the pre and postgame shows, is available to stream live here through CSN's live stream page and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


Here are the projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Jakub Vrana
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Riley Barber, Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney


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Capitals call up two forwards to make up for Zach Sanford

Capitals call up two forwards to make up for Zach Sanford

A day removed from the Washington Capitals massive trade for Kevin Shattenkirk, the team has recalled forwards Jakub Vrana and Riley Barber from the Hershey Bears.

Bringing up the two forwards are in response to the team dealing Zach Sanford to St. Louis for the stud defenseman. One of the two are expected to getting playing time to fill into Sanford's spot in the lineup.

Vrana is returning to the Capitals after playing in 12 games so far this season for Washington. Recording a goal and two assists already, the NHL rookie made his debut back in Dec. 1, scoring his first goal not too long after against Buffalo. However, the 21-year-old has not been with the Capitals since being sent back to the Bears after the game on Dec. 27.

With Hershey, the 2014 first round draft pick has registered 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) so far this season. 

Barber will be playing in his third game this season after making his NHL debut with the Capitals on Feb. 24. Drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old has spent a majority of his time in the minors and was named the Hershey Bears' Rookie of the Year last season with 33 goals and 34 assists. This season has not been as productive for Barber (seven goals, five assists) since he has been dealing with an upper body injury that caused him to miss 35 games. 

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