- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 30, 2009

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LOCAL POWER RANKINGS: WHO’S GENERATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA

ALEX OVECHKIN

In the next series, the Moscow Dynamo can’t spend his time obsessed with running Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin through the boards.

BRIAN ORAKPO

He fell to the Redskins at No. 13, and the expectations will be high - coming to a top-five defense that couldn’t consistently rush the passer.

JOEL HANRAHAN

Three blown saves in five chances (plus an 8.64 ERA) cost him the job as the Nationals’ closer. Not that he would have gotten a lot more opportunities.

JASON CAMPBELL

The Redskins quarterback said all the right things about the team’s pursuit of Mark Sanchez. But the vibe is that No. 17 knows he’s moving on next year.

SERGEI FEDOROV

His shot won the Rangers series; his leadership will be key in the Penguins series, controlling his young teammates’ emotions.

TWT FIVE: Latest Penguins-Caps playoff series

1. 2001 - Mario Lemieux scores two game-winning goals, and the Caps lose three one-goal games.

2. 2000 - More close-shave heartache for the Caps. Following a 7-0 opening loss, the Caps and Penguins play four one-goal games - Pittsburgh wins three.

3. 1996 - The Caps win the first two games but lose the series. Petr Nedved wins Game 4 in the fourth overtime.

4. 1995 - Up 3-1, including back-to-back 6-2 wins, the Caps are outscored 16-6 to blow the series.

5. 1994 - Calle Johansson scores series-clincher, and Don Beaupre goes 4-0 in goal. It remains the Caps’ only series win over Pittsburgh in seven tries.

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