Saturday, July 21, 2018
Sports

Capitals close to sweep

PHILADELPHIA — Alex Ovechkin scored twice, Braden Holtby had 31 saves and the Capitals moved one game closer to a sweep in their first-round playoff series with a 6-1 win over the Flyers on Monday night.

Washington leads a series 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Ovechkin snapped a tie with his 38th postseason goal and Holtby made the lead stand with his third straight sensational effort in the series. The Capitals scored five power-play goals, four in the third period.

The Flyers lost in their first home game since founder Ed Snider's death last week. Michael Raffl scored 57 seconds into the game and sent a crowd already rocking after an emotional pregame tribute into a frenzy.

But passion alone wasn't enough to fuel the Flyers.

Philadelphia fans showed the wrong kind of spirit late in the game when they tossed wristbands used as part of a pregame lights show on the ice as Washington turned this one into a rout.

Flyers public address announcer Lou Nolan urged fans to "show some class" during the first wave of band tossing. He later told fans the Flyers would be hit with a penalty if they kept throwing the objects on the ice. Sure enough, the wristbands kept coming, and the Flyers were hit with a bench minor for delay of game. Nolan said, "way to go," and the fans cheered as if they were proud of the penalty.

The Flyers dedicated their postseason run to Snider, who died last week after a two-year battle with cancer. "EMS" — initials for Edward Malcolm Snider — were painted on the ice behind each net.

Lauren Hart, the team's longtime anthem singer, sang God Bless America with Snider's name and "67" on the back of her team jersey. The Flyers' first season was 1967-68. Hart's eyes watered and her hands were shaking throughout.

Washington had been 0-7 in Game 3s of best-of-seven playoff series when leading 2-0. But this season's Capitals had the best record in the NHL and thoroughly outplayed the Flyers in the first two games.

Capitals1146
Flyers1001

First Period1, Philadelphia, Raffl 1 (Manning, Gagner), :57. 2, Washington, Johansson 1 (J.Carlson, Backstrom), 4:43 (pp). PenaltiesSimmonds, Phi (holding), 4:28; Raffl, Phi (interference), 11:17; Chimera, Was (roughing), 13:45; Richards, Was (goaltender interference), 19:52.

Second Period3, Washington, Ovechkin 2 (Backstrom, Oshie), 8:50. PenaltiesGudas, Phi (roughing), 2:48; Winnik, Was (interference), 10:43; Richards, Was (roughing), 11:32; Simmonds, Phi (roughing), 11:32; Kuznetsov, Was (hooking), 18:30; Schenn, Phi (slashing), 20:00.

Third Period4, Washington, Kuznetsov 1 (Williams, Holtby), 1:58 (pp). 5, Washington, J.Carlson 3 (Ovechkin, Williams), 7:37 (pp). 6, Washington, Ovechkin 3 (J.Carlson, Oshie), 14:58 (pp). 7, Washington, Beagle 2 (Schmidt, Orlov), 18:20 (pp). PenaltiesOshie, Was (roughing), 6:04; Streit, Phi (cross-checking), 6:04; Gudas, Phi (tripping), 6:35; Alzner, Was (interference), 9:42; White, Phi, misconduct, 12:17; Gudas, Phi, misconduct, 12:17; Bellemare, Phi, served by Cousins, major-game misconduct (check from behind), 12:17; Philadelphia bench, served by Gagner (delay of game), 14:58; Read, Phi (slashing), 16:21. Shots on GoalWashington 7-7-13—27. Philadelphia 11-12-9—32. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 5 of 9; Philadelphia 0 of 5. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 3-0-0 (32 shots-31 saves). Philadelphia, Mason 0-3-0 (27-21). A19,678 (19,537). T2:37. Referees—Brad Meier, Kevin Pollock. LinesmenMatt MacPherson, Brian Murphy.

Around the league: Stars center Tyler Seguin has an injury related to a previous Achilles injury and missed Monday's Game 3 at Minnesota. … Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh practiced for the first time since sustaining a hand injury against Columbus in the final week of the regular season. His status for tonight's Game 3 against the Penguins was unknown.

Comments
Rays Tales: Sure is a lot to talk about

Rays Tales: Sure is a lot to talk about

WASHINGTON — There was a lot of talk specific to the Rays at the All-Star Game last week, from commissioner Rob Manfred's strong endorsement of the Ybor stadium plan to Wilson Ramos' rousing ovation from the Washington fans to Blake Snell's imp...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Another bad look for Rays in 3-2 loss

Another bad look for Rays in 3-2 loss

ST. PETERSBURG – To get a sense of how shorthanded the Rays were by the final innings of Saturday night's game, all you had to do was look at the field and see Carlos Gomez playing second base.It was that kind of night for the Rays, who lost an...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Bucs’ Mike Evans donates $11,000 to family of shooting victim

Bucs’ Mike Evans donates $11,000 to family of shooting victim

Turns out Donald Trump wasn't the only person that Bucs receiver Mike Evans reached out to on Twitter on Saturday.The Bucs receiver fired back at the president after a tweet suggesting that NFL players who protest during the national anthem should be...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome misses cut but has a blast in PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship

Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome misses cut but has a blast in PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome did not make the cut in her first PGA Tour event, but she did improve by seven shots in her second round.Lincicome shot 1-under 71 on Saturday at the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky., after having to wait an e...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bucs’ Mike Evans fires back at Trump after anthem protest tweet

Bucs’ Mike Evans fires back at Trump after anthem protest tweet

Bucs receiver Mike Evans fired back at President Donald Trump on Saturday, responding to another tweet from the White House criticizing NFL players who want to protest during the national anthem.Trump's latest tweet came after Thursday's joint announ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
For starters: Rays vs. Marlins, with Justin Williams called up

For starters: Rays vs. Marlins, with Justin Williams called up

UPDATE, 3:52: 3B Matt Duffy (back) is feeling better but Cash said they would stay away from using him except in an emergency. That's not that unlikely, however, as the Rays wull have a short bench, with only C Adam Moore and Williams, assuming he ge...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Bucs training camp questions: How to split the QB reps, position battles and more

Bucs training camp questions: How to split the QB reps, position battles and more

TAMPA — Jameis Winston would like to move forward with his career now that he has accepted the NFL's decision to suspend him three games and apologized — for something — to the Uber driver that the league says he touched in an "inap...
Published: 07/21/18
Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

ST. PETERSBURG — New York Yankees god and former Tampa resident Derek Jeter, who was once going to save the Rays (or so we thought), was at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Captain had the gall to show up as Miami Marlins chief executive of...
Published: 07/20/18
Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Times wiresThe NFL can't seem to get away from the divisive national anthem issue.The latest developments this week assure that, despite the league's wishes, the debate about how to handle players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violenc...
Published: 07/20/18