August 10, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Earns Ratings Record for Live Coverage of Redskins-Bills

August 10, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Earns Ratings Record for Live Coverage of Redskins-Bills

NETWORK ATTRACTS MORETHAN 400,000 WASHINGTON-AREA VIEWERS DURING FIRST-QUARTER DEBUT OF ROBERT GRIFFIN IIIBethesda, Md.(Aug. 10, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlanticslive coverage of the Washington Redskins preseason game at Buffalo onThursday, Aug. 9, was the highest-rated program in network history (since April2001), earning an average household rating of 9.15 in the Washington, D.C.,television market from 7-10:15 p.m. The record household rating equates to anaverage Washington-area audience of approximately 216,000 households and 297,000viewers.ComcastSportsNets coverage, which featured the debut of Redskins quarterback RobertGriffin III, posted a peak household rating of 10.75 in the Washington market during the games firstquarter, which equates to approximately 254,000 households and 402,000 viewers.Combined with the Baltimoretelevision market, approximately 470,000 WashingtonBaltimore-area viewers watchedComcast SportsNet in the first quarter. The game also aired locally on NBCWashington Nonstop.ComcastSportsNets previous all-time record for average household rating in the Washington market was an 8.10, which was earned for theWashington Capitals Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 7 against Montreal on April 28,2010. The networks highest average household rating for a Redskins preseasongame was a 4.24, set during last preseasons opening game on August 12, 2011,against the Pittsburgh Steelers. All network ratings information is since April2001, when the network became Comcast SportsNet. Prior data is unavailable.ComcastSportsNet is the leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the Redskins andwe are proud that our high-quality production was enjoyed by so many fansthroughout the region, said Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic President RebeccaOSullivan-Schulte. We look forward to serving their loyal following withgreat coverage across all of our platforms this season.Theexclusive HD home of the Redskins preseason, Comcast SportsNet will continueits live coverage of the teams exhibition schedule on Aug. 18 when they facethe Bears in Chicagoat 8 p.m. The networks Redskins schedule also includes preseason home games againstIndianapolis on Aug. 25 (4 p.m.) and Tampa Bayon Aug. 29 (7:30 p.m.) The award-winning RedskinsKickoff and Redskins Postgame Live surroundall preseason and regular-season Redskins games.

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Shorthanded Capitals show signs of fatigue in road loss to Predators

Shorthanded Capitals show signs of fatigue in road loss to Predators

Final Score: Washington Capitals (41-13-7) fell to the Nashville Predators (30-22-9) 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night.

How It Happened: The Capitals certainly showed the effects of fatigue playing just 22 hours after beating the Oilers Friday night at Verizon Center. Things started well with a Tom Wilson goal early in the first period, but things quickly went downhill. The short turnaround made the absences of two key defensive pieces, Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, painfullly apparent as Washington surrendered three unanswered goals in the second. It looked as if captain Alex Ovechkin would start a comeback with a goal 4:03 into the final frame, but the tally was taken off the board after replay showed Washington was offsides. By the time Evgeni Kuznetsov scored with less than three minutes left, it was too little, too late.

What It Means: Any team, no matter how talented, is vulnerable on 22 hours of rest and without four key playmakers. The Capitals could have gotten coach Barry Trotz his 700th career victory against the team he coached for 15 seasons. Sure, it would have been poetic, but the realities of the NHL season intervened. The game won't say as much about this team as the way it bounces back, or doesn't, against the Rangers on Tuesday. 

Scoring Summary:

Capitals Goal: Wilson scored just 1:12 into the first period on a beautiful sequence from the Capitals' fourth line. Daniel Winnik dropped the puck back to Jay Beagle, who rifled a pass to Wilson waiting in front of the Predators' net. Washington took a 1-0 lead.

Predators Goal: Roman Josi found the back of the net 1:56 into the second period on a piece of trickery by Filip Forsberg, who faked like he was going for a slapshot, but actually found Josi across the ice to beat Philipp Grubauer to his right post. Nashville evened the score at 1-1.

Predators Goal: Forsberg netted a goal of his own 8:54 into the second period. Winnik turned the puck over, which allowed Ryan Ellis to find Forsberg for the one-timer. The goal gave the Predators a 2-1 advantage, their first of the night. 

Predators Goal: A few short minutes later, Nashville captain Mike Fisher gave his team a 3-1 lead 11:57 into the second. He scored on the power play after Ovechkin was sent to the box for holding. Fisher benefitted from a bit of deception by PK Subban, who faked a shot that was actually a pass to his captain in front of the net. 

Predators Goal: Josi again, this time right off a draw 12:07 into the final frame. The goal came immediately after a questionable holding call that sent Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov to the box for holding, giving Nashville its fifth power play of the evening. 

Capitals Goal: Kuznetsov scored an unassisted, top-shelf goal 17:03 into the third as Predators players appeared to get caught watching in front of their own net. Can't do that against an elite shooter like Kuzy.

Predators Goal: Viktor Arvidsson shot and scored on the Capitals' empty net with 51 seconds left in regulation. 5-2 and that's a wrap. 

Three Stars of the Game:

3 - Tom Wilson: Wilson scored his third goal in the last 16 games. He also required stitches after taking a skate the back of his head, but came back into the game in short order. In the third period, he mixed it up with Predators captain Fisher, who flung Wilson's helmet off and landed a couple blows. Willy certainly showed a lot of fight, but it wasn't enough in the end. 

2 - Filip Forsberg: This one is a dagger given the Capitals history with Forsberg, but he was brilliant on Saturday. His shot-fake set up Josi for the Predators' first goal, which Forsberg followed up with a tally of his own on a one-timer later in the second period. 

1 - Roman Josi: Four shots on goal, two of which slipped by Grubauer, and four blocked shots made Josi the man of the hour in Nashville. 

Looking Ahead: The Capitals' next game comes on Tuesday, Feb. 28 as they head to New York to take on the Rangers. 

MORE CAPITALS: Gretzky loves that Ovechkin 'wants to win a Stanley Cup'

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VIDEO: Tom Wilson takes skate to back of the head vs. Predators

VIDEO: Tom Wilson takes skate to back of the head vs. Predators

Capitals right winger Tom Wilson had to get tended to by Washington's medical staff after taking a skate to the back of the head on Saturday against Nashville. 

While diving for the puck during the third period, the skate of Nashville's Viktor Arvidsson swung around and caught the back of Wilson's head or neck as Wilson, too, was sprawled out on the ice. 

He made his way to the bench and was patched up there. 

Watch in the sequence in the video player above.