September 7, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 70 Games During Capitals 2012-13 Regular Season

September 7, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 70 Games During Capitals 2012-13 Regular Season

NBC SPORTS GROUPNETWORKS TO PROVIDE FULL 82-GAME REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE
CAPITALSCENTRAL AND CAPITALS POSTGAME LIVERETURN THIS SEASONBethesda, Md. (Sept. 7,2012) ComcastSportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leading source for multiplatform sportscoverage, and the Washington Capitals have announced the teams 70-gameregional television schedule for the 2012-13 NHL regular season. The networks coverageof the Capitals this season also features the return of its comprehensivepregame and postgame shows with CapitalsCentral and Capitals Postgame Live.Through Comcast SportsNet, NBC Sports Network and NBC, theCapitals entire 82-game regular-season schedule will be televised throughoutthe region by the NBC Sports Group. As previously announced, NBC Sports Networkwill air up to 11 games exclusively, with one game scheduled for NBC (Feb. 3vs. Los Angeles).As part of its flex scheduling, NBC has the option to select one of three lateseason games currently scheduled for NBC Sports Network.Comcast SportsNets live coverage of the Capitals thisseason begins with the teams opener on Oct. 12 against New Jersey (7 p.m.) The networks gamecoverage will be led by seven-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, veteran analyst Craig Laughlin and longtime rink-side reporter Al Koken, who are entering their 16thconsecutive season together.Capitals Central and Capitals Postgame Live return this season to provide extended coveragesurrounding games on Comcast SportsNet. Alan Maywill again serve as analyst for the half-hour pregame and postgame shows, with Koken(road games) and Rob Carlin (home games) alternating as hosts. Beninati andLaughlin will contribute to the coverage from the arena, with Jill Sorenson, thenetworks Capitals TV beat reporter, and Capitals Insider Chuck Gormleyproviding reports. Expanded Capitals coverage will also be featuredon the networks news and entertainment programs, including Geico SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live, and across its digitalplatforms, highlighted by CSNwashington.com.Comcast SportsNets coverage of the upcoming Capitals seasonincludes 64 games on Comcast SportsNet and six games scheduled on ComcastSportsNet Plus. The networks entire 70-game Capitals schedule will beavailable in HD to all cable and satellite providers throughout the region. Forinformation regarding Comcast SportsNet Plus HD carriage and channel location,check with your provider or go to CSNwashington.comor CSNbaltimore.com for information.(Seeattachment for Comcast SportsNets 2012-13 Capitals television schedule)CSN Capitals 2012-13 TV ScheduleCapitals Composite 2012-13 TV Schedule

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Capitals snap curse of the Dallas Stars with overtime thriller

Capitals snap curse of the Dallas Stars with overtime thriller

It took a two-goal comeback and overtime, but the Caps walk away the 4-3 winners over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

How it happened: Andre Burakovsky and Adam Cracknell traded goals in the first period, but things seemed to get away from the Caps in the second. Patrik Nemeth backhanded an innocent looking shot on net, but Phillip Grubauer fumbled it leaving a juicy rebound at the top of the crease which Patrick Eaves roofed. Jamie Benn then put the Stars up by two with a controversial goal that was reviewed for goalie interference. Washington responded in the third period, however, as both Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie struck on the power play to force overtime. Jay Beagle finished the game off just 19 seconds into overtime with his 10th goal of the season.

What it means: The win was Washington’s first over Dallas since 2008, snapping a nine-game losing streak to Dallas. The Caps have now won 11 in their past 12 games. Washington also maitained their two-point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets after Columbus' win over Carolina earlier Saturday.

Starting strong: It should come as no surprise that Burakovsky got the scoring started on Saturday since he’s made a habit of that lately. Since getting scratched three games for his lack of production, Burakovsky has scored seven goals. Five of those were the first goal of the game. Burakovsky now has scored the first goal in four straight games and the Caps have scored first in 10 straight.

First period fisticuffs: Things got chippy in the first period as Tom Wilson dropped the gloves with Brett Ritchie and just three seconds later, Daniel Winnik was locked in a fight with Dallas agitator Antoine Roussell.

Goal or no goal?: Dallas' third goal came in controversial fashion. As Grubauer shifted to his right, his left skate was clipped by the skate of Benn that appeared to briefly knock Grubauer off balance. Grubauer recovered to make a save on an Eaves deflection, but the puck bounced to Benn for the easy tap in. The goal was waved off immediately, but after a review, the goal was awarded to Dallas. The issue is whether Grubauer had enough time to reset after the initial contact from Benn. At least, that's what we thought the issue was. The NHL's explanation of the review stated, "After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line."

Clutch save: Locked in a tie game in the third period, Tyler Seguin had what looked like an easy goal, but Grubauer got over just in time for the incredible blocker save. Watch it here.

The curse continues: Despite the win, Washington still has not won in regulation in Dallas since Oct. 17, 1995. They will have to wait until next season to get another shot.

Look ahead: Washington returns home for a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday before heading out on another road trip starting Tuesday. On that trip, the Caps will visit the Ottawa Senators and  New Jersey Devils before breaking for the All-Star break.

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PHOTO: Stars' videoboard trolls Trump over crowd size controversy during Caps game

PHOTO: Stars' videoboard trolls Trump over crowd size controversy during Caps game

The ongoing war of words between the media and President Donald Trump over the attendance at Friday's inauguration in Washington, D.C. has been fodder for those on social media Saturday. 

Apparently, the person who runs the videoboard in Dallas took notice and took an opportunity to crack a joke during the third period of Stars-Capitals. 

The board claims an attendance of 1.5 million people at Saturday night's game, the same number of people Trump claimed attended his inauguration during a speech at the headquarters of the CIA earlier in the day Saturday. 

Estimates of actual attendance have been much lower -- both in Dallas and D.C.

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