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Topic - Verizon Center
The Verizon Center (formerly MCI Center) is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications, and has been nicknamed the "Phone Booth" because of its association with telecommunications companies. It is located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington and sits atop the Gallery Place-Chinatown station on the Washington Metro. The arena is home to the Washington Capitals of the NHL, Washington Wizards of the NBA, Georgetown University men's basketball, and Washington Mystics of the WNBA, and was formerly home to the Washington Power of the NLL from 2001–2002. It seats 20,173 for basketball and 18,398 for hockey. The arena is now owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, on land leased from the city of Washington. It was built and originally owned by Abe Pollin from 1997-2009. Following Pollin's death in 2009, on June 10, 2010, the Pollin family sold the Verizon Center, the Wizards, and the Washington-Baltimore area Ticketmaster franchise to Monumental Sports & Entertainment, controlled by Ted Leonsis. The arena is largely considered a commercial and cultural success and is regarded as one of the driving catalyst's of the revitalization and gentrification of Washington's Chinatown neighborhood. - Source: Wikipedia
A smattering of cheers and some hand-made signs greeted Evgeny Kuznetsov Sunday morning.
The Capitals received goals from Karl Alzner, Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin to pull out a win and move two points closer to the Rangers.
This probably is the most significant meeting for John Wall and the Wizards, who have difficulty beating the Heat consistently, as do most teams, with LeBron James.
Former Capitals Marty Erat, Mike Ribeiro and Jeff Halpern will be playing their first game in Verizon Center as members of the Coyotes tonight at 7 p.m. on CSN.
"One day you play against them and the next thing you know you join them," Halak said of the not-so-merry-go-round. "I'm happy I'm here and hopefully, I can help them get into the playoffs."
Last season, Georgetown's Otto Porter and Michigan's Trey Burke were up for many college Player of the Year awards. The Wizard and Jazz rookie now battle on the court in the NBA.
The goaltender once ruined the greatest season in Capitals history. Even four years later his name still evokes shivers from Verizon Center denizens. Those same fans must swallow their bitter memories from the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs and do the unthinkable: cheer for Halak.
With the Eastern Conference playoff race so close, the Wizards can't afford to go on a losing streak with a very winnable home game on tap Wednesday.
Marty Erat had been seeking a trade since November. He'll be back in Washington on Saturday.
Georgetown needs a win over Creighton on Tuesday to maintain NCAA Tournament hope. Beating the McDermott father-son tandem certainly won't be easy.
Georgetown announced formal plans to name its planned on-campus athletics center after former coach John Thompson Jr. The facility is expected to open in 2016.
All season, the Wizards have had difficulty putting away struggling teams but they appeared to have turned the corner during this six-game winning streak.
You simply cannot let a game like Sunday's get away when you are fighting for a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs, particularly when it is against one of the teams so close to you in the standings. You just can't. No way, no how, under any circumstances.
The Wizards came out flat, and a crucial stretch to end the third quarter proved to be the difference as their winning streak ended at six with a 110-104 loss.
Even without injuries to Nene and Kevin Seraphin, the Wizards would have trouble matching up with the size and braun the Grizzlies present.