<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Capital Games]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/capital-games http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:52:17 -0400 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:52:17 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Wizards Sweep Raptors With 125-94 Win]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:54:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150426+Wizards.jpg

This was not just a sweep. It was more like an old-fashioned rug beating.

The Washington Wizards dominated the Toronto Raptors in Game Four of their playoff series, winning 125-94 and moving on to the next round of the NBA playoffs.

The Wizards were out in front all night and led by more than 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors struggled. Meanwhile, the Wizards -- who were deadly on offense -- looked like playoff veterans.

This is the second year that the Raptors have left the playoffs after the first round.

Stay with NBC Washington for updates and News4 at 11 for player interviews and highlights.

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<![CDATA[Islanders Defeat Capitals, 3-1, Force Game 7]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:54:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/caps+islanders+game+6.jpg

The New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 Saturday, forcing the playoff series to Game 7 in Washington Monday.

The game was rough and marked by big hits, including Alex Ovechkin's hit on John Tavares in the middle of the third period, which led to the Caps losing track of the puck and the Islanders breaking a tie that had lasted most of the game.

The Caps thought they had tied the game again with a goal later in the period, but under review it was clear the puck had hit the crossbar of the goal and had not scored.

The Islanders scored again on an empty goal with less than a minute to go.

The Islanders played with passion in what could still be the last game of professional hockey in their home, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The team moves to Barclays Center next season.

Now, the series returns to Washington for the final game on Monday.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for updates on this story.

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<![CDATA[Wizards Take Commanding 3-0 Series Lead Over Raptors With Win]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:59:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/199*120/Wizards+Raptors+042415+471007448.jpg

The Washington Wizards took a commanding 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Toronto Raptors with a 106-99 win Friday night.

Complete recap to follow.

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<![CDATA[Wizards Defeat Raptors 117-106 in Game 2]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:35:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/Wizards+Raptors+042115+470582372.jpg

John Wall had 26 points and 17 assists, Bradley Beal scored 28 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 117-106 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Marcin Gortat scored 16 points, Otto Porter had 15 and Paul Pierce added 10 for the Wizards, who host Game 3 on Friday night.

Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Sixth Man Award winner Lou Williams scored 20 points for the Raptors, who have lost four straight playoff games over the past two seasons.

Washington lost 15 of its final 19 regular season road games, but has won seven of eight away from home in the playoffs over the past two years. The Wizards won all three road games while beating Chicago in last year's first round.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Patrick Patterson had 15 and Amir Johnson added 10 for Toronto, which has won just one playoff series in six previous postseason appearances.

All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, who fouled out of Game 1 with seven points after missing eight of 10 shots, struggled again. Lowry limped to the locker room midway through the fourth quarter and did not return. He finished with six points on 3-of-10 shooting.

The Wizards connected on 27 of 39 field goal attempts in the second and third quarters.

Washington, which out rebounded Toronto 61-48 in Game 1, was dominant on the glass again. The Wizards finished with 45 rebounds while the Raptors had 28. Toronto didn't get a single offensive rebound in the first half.

Patterson made two 3-pointers in a 10-0 run as the Raptors cut it to 102-89 with 6:35 left. After a Wizards timeout, Beal stopped the run with a jumper.

A 3 by Greivis Vasquez made it 106-96 at 3:23, but the Raptors couldn't get any closer.

Toronto took a 12-2 lead and held a 31-26 edge after one quarter. DeRozan scored nine points in the first and Valanciunas had eight.

Just as they did in Saturday's Game 1 win, the Wizards used a second-quarter surge to take the lead. Beal scored 16 points in the second, including a 3 that started a 13-0 run to put the Wizards up 60-49 at halftime. The Raptors struggled after Lowry picked up his second and third fouls in an 11-second span and spent the final 9:18 of the half on the bench.

The Raptors opened the third with a 12-3 spurt, cutting the deficit to 63-61, but Washington responded with 10 straight points to restore its double-digit lead. Wall scored 10 points in the third as the Wizards took a 97-75 lead into the fourth, leading to boos from the Air Canada Centre crowd.

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<![CDATA[Caps Focused on Tying Series With Game 4 Win]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:54:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010216071_1200x675_431709763958.jpg The Washington Capitals are focused on evening their quarterfinals series with the Islanders at two games apiece. Carol Maloney reports.]]> <![CDATA[Game 4 Preps: Caps Try to Bring Home a Win]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:26:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010201926_1200x675_431480899872.jpg The Caps prep for Game 4 against the Islanders, trying to even the series at two games apiece. Carol Maloney reports from Nassau Coliseum, where stolen seats are being replaced by folding chairs.]]> <![CDATA[Caps Prepare for Game 4 With Positive Attitude]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:55:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/caps+islanders+game+2.jpg The Washington Capitals are approaching Game 4 against the New York Islanders with a positive attitude. News4's Carol Maloney reports.

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<![CDATA[Islanders Fans Taking Parts of Nassau Coliseum With Them]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:33:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010201654_1200x675_431084099839.jpg There will be something missing when the Caps and Islanders play Game 4 on Tuesday. The Islanders leave Nassau Coliseum after this season, and some fans are taking parts of the arena a little early! News4's Carol Maloney reports.]]> <![CDATA[Joel Ward Interviews Jay Beagle]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:07:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010201592_1200x675_431075907720.jpg The Capitals' Joel Ward puts on his reporter hat and interviews teammate Jay Beagle.]]> <![CDATA[Caps: Holtby Back At Practice After Getting Sick]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:25:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010182300_1200x675_430257731925.jpg The Capitals get ready for Game 3 -- with goalie Braden Holtby feeling better and back at practice.]]> <![CDATA[Metro to Extend Hours if Caps/Islanders Goes Late]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:06:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Alex+Ovechkin+solo.jpg

The Washington Capitals will be kicking off their postseason drive for the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, April 15 against the New York Islanders.

Game 1 is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. Metro is going to help fans get to and from the arena so they can Rock the Red.

If the game goes past 11 p.m., Metro trains will run until 1 a.m. with access at Gallery Place, Metro Center and Judiciary Square, according to a tweet from the team.

Because it is the NHL playoffs, in case of ties, there can be multiple overtimes, and a winner isn’t decided until a goal is scored. There are no shootout victories in the playoffs.

The Caps have played in two playoff games that went to four overtimes in the team’s history. In 1996, they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth overtime in a game that lasted 79 minutes, 15 seconds.

In 1987, the Islanders and Caps took their Game 7 match into the fourth overtime before the Isles won. The game has the nickname of the Easter Epic, because the game started on Saturday night and did not finish until Easter Sunday. It is also the longest Game 7 in Stanley Cup playoff history.

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<![CDATA[Caps Begin Playoff Run; Ovechkin Wins Award]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:22:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Alex+Ovechkin+solo.jpg

The Washington Capitals finished the NHL regular season with a loss, but seek to rebound stronger once the playoffs begin.

The Caps lost to the New York Rangers, 4-2, on Saturday. However, they were still able to finish second in the Metropolitan Division, gaining home ice advantage for their first round matchup against the New York Islanders.

The NHL released the playoff schedule, and the Caps and Islanders will start on Wednesday, April 15 at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 will be in Washington while games 3, 4, and 6 will be at the Nassau Coliseum in New York City.

  • Game 1: Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in Washington
  • Game 2: Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in Washington
  • Game 3: Sunday, April 19 at noon in New York
  • Game 4: Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in New York
  • Game 5 (if needed): Thursday, April 23 at TBD in Washington
  • Game 6 (if needed ): Saturday, April 25 at TBD in New York
  • Game 7 (if needed): Monday, April 27 at TBD in Washington

Capitals All-Star forward Alex Ovechkin scored 53 goals during the regular season to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for scoring the most goals in the season. It is Ovechkin’s third consecutive trophy and fifth overall.

He also became the sixth player in NHL history to record six 50-goal seasons. He surpassed former Caps great Peter Bondra as the leading goal-scorer in Capitals history.

Caps forward Nicklas Backstrom lead the NHL in assist and was sixth overall in points. Goalie Braden Holtby lead the league in saves, tied for second in wins and shutouts, and was fifth in goals against average.

Defenseman John Carlson was tied for fifth in points and third in assists for defensemen.

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<![CDATA[Tickets Going on Sale for Caps' Postseason Games]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:59:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP370519592857.jpg

Capitals fans can start buying playoff tickets for the team's first three home games.

Tickets for the first three Capitals home games will go on sale to the public on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Fans can buy tickets on WashingtonCaps.com, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Verizon Center box office. Fans can also get tickets by calling 202-397-SEAT.

The Capitals clinched a playoff berth Sunday after they beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 and the Ottowa Senators lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is the seventh time in eight years that the team has made the playoffs.

There are still two games to play in the regular season.

<![CDATA[Optimistic Fans Pack Nats Park for Opening Day]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:27:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010039622_1200x675_423895619563.jpg News4's Tom Sherwood talked with enthusiastic fans on a beautiful Opening Day at Nationals Park.]]> <![CDATA[Caps Headed to Playoffs After Win Over Detroit]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 23:22:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP370519592857.jpg

The Washington Capitals clinched a spot in the NHL playoffs Sunday with a 2-1 win over Detroit -- and with an overtime loss by the Ottawa Senators.

The Caps are peaking as they close out the season, having gone 8-2-1 in their last 11 games, reported CSNWashington's Chuck Gormley.

Stay with NBC Washington and News4 for more.

<![CDATA[Nationals Opening Day Offers Military, Giveaways, New Security]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 09:07:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nationals+park+gates+metal+detectors.jpg

The Boys of Summer are back, and the promise of another successful season for the Washington Nationals begins.

The Nationals will kick off the 2015 season on Monday, April 6 when they host the New York Mets at Nationals Park. The team hopes to duplicate and exceed their 2014 campaign when they won the National League East Division.

Opening Day is expected to be a big event with a heavy military presence, courtesy of the United States Coast Guard, United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and the United States Air Force. The first 25,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive an Opening Day Commemorative Collectors Tin in honor of the team’s 10th anniversary.

However, due to new safety enhancements, the team is encouraging fans to get to the park. Major League Baseball mandated the use of metal detectors at all stadiums, which may slow down entrance into the park.

Guests who don't wish to walk through a metal detector will have the option of being screened with a handheld metal detector.

Gates are opening at 1:30 p.m. to allow fans more time to find and get to their seats. They said they expect a sellout crowd at Nationals Park, which has a seating capacity of 41,888.

Parking options at the stadium start at $10, and the team encourages people to purchase parking in advance to ensure a spot in their desired area. Fans are also encouraged to use Metro, Metrobus, DC Circulator Bus, bicycles or the water taxi service from Alexandria, Virginia, to get to the stadium.

Fans should be aware that there are numerous new construction projects underway in the area surrounding the ballpark. Both traffic and pedestrian patterns may shift from game to game, depending on construction activity. Please be mindful of signage and directions given by public safety officers.

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<![CDATA[Nationals to Play at Nats Park Prior to Opening Day]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2015 08:13:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nationals+spring+training+bryce+harper.jpg

The unofficial beginning of spring starts as the baseball season begins this week across the country. The Washington Nationals are scheduled to take on the New York Mets on Monday, April 6, but will actually be playing at Nationals Park sooner than that.

The Nationals will be coming home to wrap up their spring training with a game at Nats Park on Saturday, April 4. They will be taking on the New York Yankees, and tickets are still available.

The team is 11-15 in the Grapefruit League, but many experts predict the Nats will have a very good season. ESPN has projected to team to finish with more than 90 wins and take the NL East Division title.

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<![CDATA[Bondra Now 2nd Among Caps' All-Time Goal Scorers]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 18:57:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010014399_1200x675_422936131583.jpg A day after Alex Ovechkin broke his Caps franchise record for goals scored, News4 Sports catches up with Caps legend Peter Bondra, who shares his thoughts on the Great 8.]]> <![CDATA[A Look Inside Upcoming Nats Park Fun]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:55:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009990042_1200x675_421438019615.jpg The Nationals baseball season is about to begin with a charity game Saturday and the opener Monday against the Mets. News4's Tom Sherwood has a preview of what fans should expect at home games this year.]]> <![CDATA[Screech Thanks Young Nats Fans at School]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:41:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*121/screech1.jpg Washington Nationals mascot Screech surprised students at Barnaby Manor Elementary School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Monday morning as part of the team's "10 Days of Thanks" campaign, which is helping kick off the team's 10-year anniversary celebration.

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<![CDATA[Caps' Fehr Reads His Anti-Bullying Book at Elementary School]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:28:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Eric+Fehr+reads+at+elementary+school.JPG One in four kids in the U.S. is bullied. A local athlete is hoping to change that. The Capitals' Eric Fehr is the author of an anti-bullying children's book, and today, he read his book, "The Bulliest Dozer," to area kids at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. News4's Jason Pugh has the story.

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<![CDATA[Metal Detectors New Part of Fan Experience at Nats Park]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:48:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nationals+Park+Metal+Detectors.jpg In just two weeks it will be time to play ball! The MLB season begins and you should expect a major change when you pay a visit to Nats Park. News4's Tom Sherwood says that for the first time metal detectors will be part of the fan experience.]]> <![CDATA[Utah to Sweet 16 After Georgetown Defeat]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:35:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP867223623593.jpg

Utah is headed back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in a decade.

Brandon Taylor scored 14 points and Delon Wright added 12 and the fifth-seeded Utes beat No. 4 Georgetown 75-64 on Saturday night.

The Utes (26-8) will travel to Houston to play the winner of Sunday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina, between top-seeded Duke (30-4) and No. 8 San Diego State (27-8).

Utah hasn't advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2005, when the Utes fell as the No. 6 seed to No. 2 Kentucky. The Utes are making their first tournament appearance since 2009.

<![CDATA[Ryan Zimerman Takes Over at First Base]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:40:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009634377_1200x675_406064195985.jpg News4's Jason Pugh answers the question, "Who's on first?" for the Nats this season.]]> <![CDATA[Max Scherzer on New Season With Nats]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:54:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009614811_1200x675_405113923872.jpg News4's Jason Pugh catches up with the Nationals newest star pitcher, Max Scherzer, at Spring Training. Scherzer signed a 7-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals in January.]]> <![CDATA[Redskins DB Ryan Clark Retires]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:00:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/460875198.jpg

Washington Redskins defensive back Ryan Clark announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday and will transition to a full-time analyst for ESPN, where he has spent recent offseasons contributing. 

Clark played 13 seasons, most notably for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2006-13. He rejoined the Redskins, who he played for in 2004 and 2005, last season, starting 15 games and making 69 tackles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl once and won the Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2009.

Dianna Russini will have more with Clark on News4 at 6. 

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