November 28, 2015

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

Washington Capitals Game 22 Recap: Caps top Lightning to finish homestand 4-1


(Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals opened a 4-0 lead early in the third period and withstood a mini-resistance from that point forward to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in a post-Thanksgiving special at Verizon Center.

Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie and Jason Chimera (!) scored power play goals, Marcus Johansson added one at even strength, and Braden Holtby made 32 saves to send the Caps to their fourth win on the now-concluded five-game homestand and up their season record to 16-5-1 to draw to within a point of the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Rangers.

The Caps have won four in a row and seven of their past 10 games overall. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 21 Recap: Caps score early, often to ground Jets


(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals are starting to get on a little bit of a roll.

Five players scored, including defenseman Dmitry Orlov for the third straight game, and the Caps grounded the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 before a packed house at Verizon Center on Wednesday.

Orlov’s goal, his third of the week (and year) came less than three minutes after former Cap Mathieu Perreault tied it at three in the second period with a power play goal. Evgeny Kuznetsov circled with the puck through the offensive zone and left it for Orlov at the center point, then flashed through the slot, which surely had to be a distraction to Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson.

Orlov’s blast beat Hutchinson low stick-side, with Justin Williams also providing a screen at the top of the crease. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 20 Recap: Holtby, Orlov lead Caps over Oilers


(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Braden Holtby was the best player on the ice, Dmitry Orlov came up with a third period goal and the Washington Capitals won for the second time on their current five-game homestand, the longest of the season, beating the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 at Verizon Center on Monday.

The Capitals improved to 14-5-1 (29 points) this season, tying the team’s second best start (in terms of points and wins) in franchise history.

Orlov’s goal, his second in as many games, came with just 6:32 left in regulation, as it seemed the teams would play to a scoreless resolution and need overtime or beyond to settle it.

“We didn’t have much going on all night,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “[Orlov’s goal] was huge, guys stepped up. I thought we managed it [the game] really well once we got the lead. We managed it much better than we managed the game in total.” [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 19 Recap: Caps crush Avalanche


(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals came out of the gate running, held off a mid-game resistance, and scored late insurance goals to beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-3 Saturday night at Verizon Center.

Seven different Caps players — including four defensemen — scored, Evgeny Kuzntesov had a three-point night and Braden Holtby made 24 saves in the process.

It marked the first time since Dec. 4, 1992 that four defensemen scored a goal for the Capitals (Paul Cavallini, Sylvain Cote (2), Kevin Hatcher (2) and Al Iafrate). [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 18 Recap: Ovechkin breaks record but Caps fall to Stars

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


Alex Ovechkin finally broke Sergei Fedorov’s record for goals scored by a Russian-born player, tying the game at two in the third period. But moments later, Jason Chimera’s turnover, on a play where he said, “I [effed] up,” put the puck on Jason Spezza’s stick for a point-blank shot, and the Washington Capitals fell to the Dallas Stars 3-2 at Verizon Center.

Ovechkin’s ninth of the season marks his 484th career NHL goal, eclipsing one-time teammate and Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov. [Read more…]


Alex Ovechkin tied Thursday night’s Washington Capitals game against the Dallas Stars midway through the third period with his ninth of the season, passing former teammate Sergei Fedorov to become the all-time leading goal scorer among Russian-born NHL players with 484 goals.

Full details on the game later on District Sports Page.

Washington Redskins add Christine Michael to practice squad

The Washington Redskins announced via press release they signed the oft-travelled Christine Michael to its practice squad.

Michael, 24, a speedster out of Texas A&M, was the Seattle Seahawks second round pick in the 2013 draft. He became expendable this preseason with the Seahawks’ acquisition of Fred Jackson, and was traded to Dallas for a conditional seventh round pick. He played very little for the Cowboys, and was released Nov. 17.

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan drafted Michael when he was with Seattle, so it’s not terribly surprising to see the Redskins give the former track star a shot on the practice squad with almost no risk associated with the acquisition.

Washington Wizards Game 6 Review: Fourth quarter spurt by Atlanta dooms Wiz

The Washington Wizards believe they should be considered at the top of the Southeast Division with the Atlanta Hawks. They had their first chance to prove it Saturday, but a fourth-quarter spurt by Atlanta proved the difference and the Wizards fell 114-99 at Phillips Arena.

The Hawks won their seventh consecutive after an opening night loss to Detroit.

The Wizards fall to 3-3 after consecutive road losses to Boston and the Hawks. [Read more…]

Maryland Football: Terps hang with Wisconsin but come up short

Caleb Rowe hooked up with Levern Jacobs for a 27-yard touchdown pass with 2:39 left to pull Maryland within a touchdown of Wisconsin. The Terps recovered the onside kick but was called offside, and the resulting re-kick attempt was recovered by the Badgers, who proceeded to run off the rest of the clock to preserve a 31-24 win on Saturday at College Park.

It’s Maryland’s sixth loss in a row, three under interim coach Mike Locksley.

Rowe was the third player Maryland used under center on the day, following starter Perry Hills and Shane Cockerille. Rowe finished 7 of 18 for 97 yards and led the Terps on their most proficient drive of the day late in the fourth quarter.

Hills was 6 of 16 for 107 yards, with a touchdown pass and an interception. He rushed for minus-14 yards on 11 attempts, which included four sacks. William Likely led the Terps in rushing with 56 yards — on just three carries. Wes Brown had 34 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals extend qualifying offers to Desmond, Zimmermann

Shortstop Ian Desmond returned to the lineup - New York Mets v. Washington Nationals, August 17, 2012.  (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

(Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Washington Nationals began their player-focused portion of the offseason Friday, extending $15.8 million qualifying offers to shortstop Ian Desmond and starter Jordan Zimmermann, declining to make offers to center fielder Denard Span and starter Doug Fister.

Across the league, a record 20 potential free agents were tendered qualifying offers, including New York Mets playoff hero Daniel Murphy, former Nats starter Marco Estrada (Toronto) and the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke.

Players have until Nov. 13 to accept the offer. In the three previous offseasons of the current collective bargaining agreement, none of the 34 qualifying offers was taken as free agents sought contracts with longer terms. [Read more…]

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