Beninati: Hot Devils Cool Caps

Beninati: Hot Devils Cool Caps

Saturday, November 14, 2009

There is a reason why the Devils have won 8 in a row, they stick totheir game plan, even when their opponent scores two quick ones onthem.

Things started out beautifully for the Caps tonight. TomasFleischmann and Mathieu Perreault each converted off silky smoothpasses to give the visitors a two goal advantage. Maybe the Caps becamecomplacent, maybe they were out of gas playing their third game in fournights, but for whatever reason, they didn't maintain nearly the samezip with which they started the game.

After Colin White and JamieLangenbrunner tied the score, the Devils could see a surge in theirconfidence level. They move the puck very well, and when their passinggame is clicking, they tend to produce strong goal totals.

Alex Seminmade a critical mistake on the goal which gave the Devils a 3-2 lead.He should have played the puck in deep along the wall, instead heforced the pass into the middle which Travis Zajac turned into a quickcounter breakaway for Zach Parise. He put a pretty finish on JoseTheodore, and the Devils were on their way to another victory, theirthird straight against Washington.

Coach Boudreau was critical ofTheodore's play in net tonight. But I respectfully disagree with him.The goals by Langenbrunner, and Matt Halischuk, were very strong shots.I know Boudreau believes if an NHL goalie sees a shot, he should stopit. He is also not fond of any goals that go in on the short side. Butto me, in those instances tonight, you have to tip your cap to theshooters for those two tallies.

Bad news for Boyd Gordon, who appearedto re-injure his back in his first game back in the lineup after alengthy absence.

Good news it seems is on the rise for Alex Ovechkin.Most signs indicate he'll be ready to go against the Rangers Tuesdaynight. A game you can see on Versus.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast - No adjustments needed


Capitals Faceoff Podcast - No adjustments needed

Kevin Shattenkirk joins JJ Regan in Episode 9 of the Capitals Faceoff Podcast to talk about his adjustment to the Caps.

JJ is also joined by Capitals insider Tarik El-Bashir to talk about the goal race between T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin, the evolving playoff picture and JJ yells about offside challenges...again.

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe on itunes and audioBoom and give us a good review! Maybe we'll even read it on the air. For the latest Caps coverage be sure to follow @CSNCapitals@TarikCSN and @JJReganCSN on Twitter.

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Wizards' habit of complaining to game officials backfires in loss to Clippers

Wizards' habit of complaining to game officials backfires in loss to Clippers

LOS ANGELES -- Remembering the last time the Wizards came back to beat them in the fourth quarter, the L.A. Clippers weren't about to allow that to happen again. That was especially true after they blew a double-digit, fourth-quarter lead in a loss to the Sacramento Kings in the previous game.

Markieff Morris got the Wizards out to a fast start by making their first three-pointer. His efficiency scoring, much like in the 117-110 over the Clippers in December, was there. Unfortunately for him, he only lasted 15 minutes because of a third-quarter ejection. 

Morris made 4 of 6 shots and had 14 points, but he couldn't keep his cool -- again -- and it cost them dearly. He was hit with separate technical fouls in a span of 74 seconds of the third quarter.  

"We've got to control our emotions. Obviously he said something," coach Scott Brooks said after the 133-124 loss. "That's part of the game that we have to continue to improve on. We've been good the last four or five games but when you say you're pretty good the last four or five games it means you're really not that good. We got to do a better job with that. I thougth they did a good job of being physical with us and we at times complain too much."

Morris was part of a double technical with Blake Griffin. But he was limited in his time on the floor because of common foul trouble. He picked up his first just 50 seconds into the game. By 7:17 of the first, he had his second foul and went immediately to the bench. 

Morris was hardly the only player in jeopardy because of infractions. Ian Mahinmi had three fouls in just seven minutes of play in the first half. Bradley Beal had three in 19 minutes. Kelly Oubre finished with five fouls in 25 minutes. Mahinmi eventually fouled out with six in the same time on the floor. 

"Some calls were great calls. Some calls they got baited into," Wall said of the officiating which led to the Clippers having a 10-1 edge in foul shots after the first quarter. "Sometimes the refs get baited into making the wrong decision. They admit to it afterwards."

Wall, who had five fouls, has 14 technical fouls and can't reach 16 or he'll serve an automatic one-game suspension. That'll reset after the regular season is complete. 

Morris picked up his ninth and 10th technicals. With just seven games left, he should be able to stay comfortably below the suspension threshold. 

[RELATED: Wall adds to argument for All-NBA recognition]