May 11, 2010: Comcast SportsNet Recognized For Excellence With 12 Capital Region Emmy Award Nominations

May 11, 2010: Comcast SportsNet Recognized For Excellence With 12 Capital Region Emmy Award Nominations

Bethesda, Md. (May 11, 2010) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leader in television and online sports coverage, has been recognized for excellence with 12 nominations for 2009 Capital Region Emmy Awards, it was announced by the Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on Monday.

Comcast SportsNet was recognized in 10 different categories, with multiple nominations in two categories; Sports One-Time Special (O What a Night, Remembering Abe) and Sports Regularly Scheduled Weekly or Daily Program (Redskins Kickoff, My Life 365).

The networks on-air talent also received nominations for their work, with Joe Beninati in the Sports Play-by-Play category, Kelli Johnson for Sports Reporter and Trevor Matich for his work as a Sports Analyst. Beninati, who serves as the networks play-by-play announcer for their coverage of the Capitals, has previously captured four Capital Region Emmy Awards for his work with Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast SportsNets 12 nominations, which led all cable networks and ranked fourth overall in the region, equal the all-time high set by the network in 2003. Since the network launched in 2001, Comcast SportsNet has been recognized with 68 nominations and has been honored with 32 Capital Region Emmy Awards.

The winners will be announced at the 52nd Emmy Award Ceremony on Saturday, June 5, at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C.

Comcast SportsNets 12 Nominations:

Sports News Single Story: VMI Basketball (Mitch Tischler)

Sports Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program: Redskins Kickoff (Leslie Reader, Andy Siegel, James Scibilia, Brad Bode, Chick Hernandez, Kelli Johnson, Trevor Matich, Ernie Baur, Tom Pahnke, Tony Burke, Gary Carter)
Sports Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program: My Life 365 Allen Iverson (Andre Jones, Melvin Royster, Brooks Meriwether, Ron Thompson)

Sports One-time Special: Remembering Abe (Andy Siegel, Colvin Underwood, Russ Thaler)

Sports One-time Special: Washington Post Live Presents O What A Night (Andy Siegel, Colvin Underwood, Eric Shuster)
Promotion News Promo, Image: Ready to Watch? (Jason Pavelko)

Editor Short Form: The Puck Drops Here (Jason Pavelko)

Graphics: Washington Post Live (Steve McIntosh)

Editor Sports: Brad Bode

Sports Reporter: Kelli Johnson

Sports Analyst: Trevor Matich

Sports Play-by-Play: Joe Beninati

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic the official television partner of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.6 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Comcast SportsNets digital portfolio, highlighted by, is the regions leading source for online sports news and information.

Comcast Sports Group operates 10 sports networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and sports news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Groups networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. Mountain West Sports Network, and CSS. Comcast Sports Group also manages New England Cable News (NECN), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see

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Ovechkin gives young Caps fan in Edmonton a stick

Ovechkin gives young Caps fan in Edmonton a stick

The Caps may have lost to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night, but one Caps fan was all smiles.

When you're wearing red in a sea of blue and orange, you're bound to stand out. One little Ovechkin fan braved the crowd at Rogers Place to support the Great 8. When Ovechkin saw, this happened:

Wednesday offered few bright spots for the Caps, but this was certainly one of them.


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Caps start road trip on a low note with loss to Edmonton

Caps start road trip on a low note with loss to Edmonton

In a game that featured Alex Ovechkin and Connor McDavid, it was Benoit Pouliot who stole the show as the Washington Capitals fell to the Edmonton Oilers 4-1.

How it happened: An Alex Ovechkin turnover in the second period led to a rush the other way for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He had Dmitry Orlov spinning in circles before firing the puck at the net. The shot hit off of Pouliot to fool Braden Holtby. Pouliot added a second tally in the period as he banked a shot in off the back of Holtby. Alex Ovechkin tried to spark a comeback with a quick goal in the third, but Edmonton added two goals in the final frame to put it out of reach.

What it means: Wednesday's loss was the Caps' second straight with both defeats coming in regulation. Last season, Washington did not lose consecutive games until Jan. 2. They did not lose consecutive games in regulation until the postseason. With three games left to go on their current road trip, the Caps wanted to get off to a strong start in Edmonton. A 4-1 loss was not the kind of start they were hoping for.


Ovechkin vs. McDavid: This game was billed as Ovechkin vs. Edmonton's budding superstar Connor McDavid. Both players made their presence felt. With the Caps trailing 2-0 to start the third period, Ovechkin scored just nine seconds in to pull the Caps within one. The Great 8 now has goals in four-straight games. He would finish with four shots on goal. McDavid tallied two assists and the Caps struggled early to contain him as he drew both of the Caps' penalties in the first period.

Second period dilemma: The second period has been identified as a weakness and Wednesday's game was no exception...sort of. The Caps allowed two goals in the middle frame allowing Edmonton to take control of the game. But the Caps took the first seven shots of the period and did not even allow a shot on goal until the 7:48 mark of the period. The problem? Edmonton scored on that shot. The optimistic view is that the Caps controlled the play and were just unlucky with the Oilers' goals coming off a deflection and a bank shot. But a goal's a goal. The Caps have now been outscored in the second period 8-2.

Power outage: The Capitals still need to get on track on the power play. Edmonton took two penalties in the first period, but the Caps were unable to take advantage and finished the game 0-for-3 with the extra man. A goal in either of those chances would obviously have changed the course of the game.

Look ahead: The Caps continue their Canadian road trip on Saturday in Vancouver with a quick turnaround to Calgary the next night. The road trip wraps up Tuesday in Winnipeg.