Balanced Caps Dominate Canes, 5-1

first_imgThe Washington Capitals scored two quick goals to start the second period to grab a 2-1 lead and then they blew the game wide open in the final frame scoring three times en route to a 5-1 dominating victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. The Caps, who were 5-0-1 against the Canes last season, got goals from Jeff Halpern, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Cody Eakin (his 1st NHL tally), and Nicklas Backstrom while Anthony Stewart had the only marker for Carolina in the game’s first four minutes. Washington is now 9-2 overall in 2011-12 and they are 7-0-1 in their last eight games against the Canes, outscoring them 24-13 in the process.Here are the highlights and analysis from Washington’s fourth straight win at the RBC Center:– Typically the Caps and Hurricanes are known for playing close contests but in this game Washington used its’ depth to wear down Carolina and by just past the midpoint of the third period this one was all but over. 13 different Capitals players finished this game at +1 or better and even though the third line of Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, and Jason Chimera were all -1 on the night, they played a role in a final 20 minutes that saw the hosts get only five shots on net and not even a quality chance in that stanza until just a few minutes remained (h/t @ngreenberg). Washington’s defense was outstanding, especially Carlson, who arguably played his best game of the season, and that wasn’t because he scored the marker that ignited the three goal explosion in the final period. #74, who seems to have found some chemistry with Roman Hamrlik since they were paired together starting midway through Tuesday’s game against Anaheim, was as sound positionally as I’ve seen him be all season. His stick clogged the passing lanes, he didn’t chase the puck, and he used his size to keep the Canes offensive players away from Michal Neuvirth (24 saves).– Eakin, who made his NHL debut on Tuesday, made a nice play in the neutral zone on Brouwer’s goal, which gave the Caps a lead they would not relinquish. Eakin allowed Marcus Johansson to get the puck just past the red line and MJ90 skated in across the blue line and saucered a beautiful pass to #20, who one timed it home. It was Eakin’s first NHL point and then in the third he scored his first NHL goal on a two on one break with Alexander Semin. #28 made the play with some super defensive stickwork and then he fed Eakin with the puck in the slot in the Canes zone. Semin then went to the net and that froze Cam Ward (27 saves) giving #50 room to beat him short side. The former Western Hockey League star, who was recalled from Hershey earlier this week, was +2 with two points in 8:45 of ice time.– Backstrom, who is off to a super start with 16 points in 11 games, made a beast of a play on Carlson’s power play tally as he shouldered the Carolina defender mightily off of the puck and then slid a beauty of a feed to #74. #19 looks so much different and stronger this season, primarily because he didn’t have a shoulder injury that hampered his offseason workouts this past summer like it did in 2010.– Neuvirth was good in this tilt, especially in the second period when the Canes had three straight power plays. He was also lucky that the game wasn’t tied at two because an early whistle wiped out what should have been a Carolina power play goal (h/t John Walton, who brought me the game via radio in the middle frame). #30’s positioning was solid and he was only beaten on Stewart’s tipped shot off of a faceoff. The defensive draw occurred because Karl Alzner made a bad backhand pass up the boards that led to a Canes quality scoring chance. Then Laich lost the faceoff and Jeff Schultz failed to tie up Stewart in the slot and he tipped home Jay Harrison’s point blast. But that was about the only really bad stretch for the Caps in this one.– Ward, when he is on, can easily shut down a team. Other nights it just takes one goal to open the flood gates on him and Halpern’s greasy goal, which was helped by Matt Hendricks working hard in the crease area and Mike Knuble digging the puck out off of the back boards, was just what the Caps needed to get going. That tally came right after a dominating Washington first power play that spanned the end of the first period and the commencement of the second. Both Alex Ovechkin (two assists) and Semin had great chances on that man advantage. Overall the Caps went 1 for 3 on the power play while Carolina was held to 0 for 4. On Carlson’s power play tally, it was the Gr8 who provided the screen in front of Ward.– In summary, this was a game where it was ultra clear the advantage Washington has talent and depth wise. Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau, who scratched Mathieu Perreault tonight, did a super job with his in game adjustments and also once again stuck to his guns by evening out the ice time. That strategy has really shown its effects on the opponents in the final period in the last two tilts. It also works better when the game is played most of the time at five on five. The Caps did have that bad stretch of penalties in the second period, but other than that they were disciplined, another key for victory. This club has speed and size, which is a deadly duo that will wear a team out if the players buy into what the coaches are selling and repeatedly get pucks deep in their opponents zone. Washington executed the game plan on Friday night and turned this one into an easy win.Notes: The Caps are in Long Island on Saturday night against the Islanders at 7pm on Comcast…if you ever can’t catch a period or a part of the game on television, which I had to do tonight for the middle frame, you absolutely have to tune in on radio to Walton, who definitely makes you feel like you are in the arena…Semin (1 assist) had his best game out of the last six and he continues to own the Canes during his career…the teams each won 29 of the 58 draws. Backstrom was the best for the Caps at 9-5…Brouwer took an awkward hit at the end of Tuesday’s game and appeared to have an upper body injury but he showed no ill effects tonight in a strong performance…John Erskine was excellent in his second game back from offseason shoulder surgery…Mike Green missed his fourth straight game and is doubtful for Saturday.last_img read more

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Man Utd and Spurs boost as Van de Beek insists Madrid deal not done and dusted

first_imgREAL MADRID have not sealed a deal to sign Donny van de Beek, the Ajax midfielder himself has confirmed.Manchester United and Tottenham are also said to be chasing the Dutchman who was strongly tipped by Spanish media to sign for Los Blancos.2 Van de Beek, 22, was reported to have agreed a move to Real MadridCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut, while van de Beek admits the Iberian climate would be nice to play in, he insists he is yet to accept any offer to leave Ajax.Speaking to magazine Helden, the 22-year-old noted: “Playing in the sun is always nice, but no, I haven’t started taking Spanish classes.”I still haven’t said ‘yes’ to anyone, it’s all open.”I know what I have here, I’m loved by Ajax and I love Ajax.”My feelings should be positive at a club, not only that they want me but also that I fit in their style of play.”Of course, I also want to know the game time they will give me.”Rumours mounted of a January exit to Madrid before van de Beek committed himself to seeing out the current season in Amsterdam.He told reporters “we’ll see what happens later” when asked about the summer with the coming transfer market shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic and a global financial crash.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newslatest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossDonny van de Beek shows his keepie uppie skills in Ajax training Previously, a fee of around £47million has been talked up with United reported to have once been close to a £20m deal.Spurs also made a play for van de Beek last year, according to Dutch media, ahead of losing playmaker Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan.Van de Beek, who scored against Tottenham in last season’s Champions League semi-final, has 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this campaign with Ajax leading the Eredivisie on goal difference.2last_img read more

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DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

first_imgJOHN SHEILSThe death has occurred of John Shiels, Ballywhoriskey, Fanad. Reposing at his home. Removal on Friday morning at 10.30am to St Mary’s Church, Fanavolty for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Stroke Rehab Unit, St Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny.DANIEL MCKINNEY The death has occurred of Daniel Mc Kinney, The Big House, Ballymagann, Buncrana. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there on Saturday at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Cockhill, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice or the Irish Cancer Society, Donegal branch, c/o Mc Kinney Funeral Directors, Ballymagann, Buncrana.FRANK MCDERMOTTThe death has taken place of Frank McDermott, Oakley House, Kilmacrennan and formerly of Doncaster, England. Cremation will take place at Rose Lawn Crematorium, Belfast on Friday at 12 noon.    DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 was last modified: April 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2012APRIL 19DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAYlast_img read more

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