- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 7, 2009

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Anaheim tries to put Detroit on brink of elimination with a Game 4 win. 10:30 p.m., Versus.

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

RYAN ZIMMERMAN

He extended his club-record hitting streak to 24 games Wednesday night. Not that anybody is noticing.

BROOKS LAICH

As this postseason has shown, the Caps forward does a little bit of everything — all well — and is one of the NHL’s most underrated players.

ALBERT HAYNESWORTH

The Redskins’ new defensive tackle has been sued for $7.5 million by a Tennessee man injured in a car accident. So much for $41 million guaranteed.

BRETT FAVRE

The Packers legend-turned-mercenary plans to talk to Minnesota. Favre was so bad at the end of last year, not even the Redskins will touch him.

ALEX OVECHKIN

His hat trick in the Caps’ Game 2 win over Pittsburgh plus Sidney Crosby’s hat trick made the event one of the greatest in recent D.C. sports history.

TWT FIVE: TOP CAPITALS PROSPECTS IN CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS

1. John Carlson — The defenseman came from Ontario Hockey League to play in the American Hockey League postseason; he scored his first professional goal Sunday.

2. Michal Neuvirth — The young goalie got a taste of the NHL this season and has won his first six playoff games with the Bears.

3. Karl Alzner — The 2007 first-round pick played the Bears’ first five games before being called up by Caps as a potential fill-in on the blue line.

4. Oskar Osala — The 21-year old Finnish forward scored 23 regular-season goals and has two in the playoffs.

5. Francois Bouchard — Only 20, the prolific junior scorer (three seasons of 90-plus points) scored 15 goals as a rookie with Hershey.

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