Kuznetsov had a coming-out party on Thursday, scoring two goals and assisting on another in the Capitals’ 5-1 victory over the Islanders in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series.
Last year, the Wizards ripped home-court advantage from the Bulls. They did it again this year to the Raptors and have an opportunity on Friday night at home for a historically insurmountable series lead.
The bout served as the culmination of two days of heated reaction by several Islanders players, who were no doubt worked up by Wilson hitting Visnovsky against the boards in the first period on Tuesday.
Boxing fans with deep pockets can still get tickets for the sold-out fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao — for up to $140,000 online.
You may see Sternburg and Swanson in and out of the ring on May 2 for the much-anticipated Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas, protecting the fighters as their respective public relations representatives.
Kuznetsov scored his first two playoff goals and linemate Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist as the Capitals asserted their will in a 5-1 romp at Verizon Center — their most lopsided playoff victory in five years.
Through four starts this season, Scherzer has shown why he was entrusted with such a mind-boggling contract. In Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Cardinals, he allowed just two runs and six hits over seven innings.
Washington was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and committed a critical error in the eighth inning to drop the series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1.
Backstrom, who scored 18 goals during the regular season, entered the playoffs on a 23-game drought before scoring three goals in the first-round series.
The Cardinals infielder returned to Washington this week and continues to draw boos from Nationals fans after his game-winning single in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS.
If the seas were calm and his schedule agreeable, Mitch Harris would grab a baseball and head out into the open air. In these rare moments, the flight deck of the USS Ponce was his playing field, the Persian Gulf his stadium, a Dominican cook his throwing partner.
When Wall and Beal play like they did Tuesday, combining for 54 points, and the team out-rebounds the opponent, 45-28, Washington can have supreme confidence entering any matchup.