Beninati: Caps Win Comes With A Price

Beninati: Caps Win Comes With A Price

Friday, November 13, 2009

The two teams were determined to hammer their point home tonight. Thatwas an extremely physical game, and that has been a calling card forMinnesota for a number of years. So that makes me feel even betterabout our guys finding the resolve in the 3rd period to pull out their4th straight win.

It came with a price though. As we were racing off toDulles we learned that Mike Knuble would be lost for several weeksafter breaking his finger in the first period. Reports have said theinjury will require surgery.

The Caps put a good number of qualitychances on Josh Harding right off the bat this evening. NicklasBackstrom the Swedish center, not the Finnish goalie was magical withthe puck all night long. Not only was he stick handling in expertfashion, but he seemed to have extra jump in his skating legs. He mustknow that Alex Ovechkin will be back soon, possibly as early asSaturday night in New Jersey.

The Cap's power play remains on a niceroll. The best thing about that unit is that they are getting timelygoals. Mike Green's goal came shortly after Minnesota took the lead andappeared to deflate the Wild.

Wow! that Cal Clutterbuck loves to stirit up physically. He's fun to watch trying to hit everyone in sight. Hewas the only guy to solve Semyon Varlamov who is brimming withconfidence right now.

Good to see the Caps defense core chip in with 2goals in this one. Brian Pothier's snap-shot for the game winner wasthe product of the veteran defense joining the rush at exactly theright time.

Look for us on CSN Saturday in New Jersey. Two very hotteams collide in that one. And who knows? There could be a 8 sighting.

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Caps recount the team Halloween party

Caps recount the team Halloween party

By now you’ve likely seen the pictures and videos from the Caps’ Halloween party on Sunday. The players were all smiles after practice on Monday when asked about the night’s frivolities.

“I use gel for my hair and look like a real American guy so it was kind of cool,” said Alex Ovechkin who went as a prison inmate.

One of the best costumes of the night was that of Andre Burakovsky and Tom Wilson who went as Brennan and Dale from the movie “Step Brothers.”

“Me and Tom, we wanted to do something together,” Burakovsky said, “And I came up with the idea because we’re pretty close, we’re good friends, you know, step brothers. I looked online for funny Halloween costumes and I saw like a picture of the step brothers.”

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When asked if he had actually seen the movie, Burakovsky revealed that he had not.

“I’ve heard a lot about it and now I have to see it.”

And then there was Zach Sanford.

The most memorable moment from the evening was a video of Zach Sanford singing the song “Sweet Caroline” while dressed as Dog the bounty hunter.

As the party moved to a karaoke bar, Sanford, of course had to get things started.

“Because he was rookie he have to do something first,” Ovechkin said.

“I wanted to do some Missy Elliott but [Braden Holtby] ended up picking ‘Sweet Caroline’ for me,” Sanford said.

And the rest is internet history (though you can’t help but wonder what a video of Sanford singing Missy Elliott would have looked like).

But whatever you may have thought when you saw him sing, Burakovsky was apparently worse. 

“Burkie was entertaining but he wasn’t very good,” Sanford said. “He didn’t really know the words.”

Being Swedish, Burakovsky of course had to sing the ABBA classic “Dancing Queen.”

“I think it was just Holtby that gave me the mic and he’s like here and I’m like what do you want me to do with it? And this song came on and obviously it’s ABBA, it’s Swedish so they wanted me to sing it so I did a little solo thing there.”

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PHOTO: Wizards fan channels Donald Trump to roast Drake with sign

PHOTO: Wizards fan channels Donald Trump to roast Drake with sign

One fan at the Wizards' preseason finale against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night brought quite the sign along with him to the Verizon Center. In one sharpie-signed message, he managed to channel presidential candidate Donald Trump to take a shot at the most famous Raptors fan out there, rap superstar Drake.

And the fan just happened to be wearing a throwback John Wall jersey. Check it out:

If Drake could see this, here's how he might respond:

That's cold, man.

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