- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2009

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Capitals force Game 7 — It may have taken a few games, but the Caps have finally figured out Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. With their season on the line in Games 5 and 6, the Caps racked up nine goals and forced Lundqvist from both games. Now with Game 7 on Tuesday at Verizon Center, all the momentum is with the Caps, and they have last year’s Game 7 disappointment against the Flyers to draw upon — not to mention a better goalie (Simeon Varlamov) and an inferior opponent.

Redskins miss out on Sanchez — In what might go down as the best move the franchise never made, the Redskins didn’t have the assets to move up for Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez and wound up with Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo. Many considered Orakpo the best pass-rusher in the draft, which fills the Redskins’ No. 1 need after Jason Taylor turned out to be a bust. Now the franchise has to repair its relationship with Jason Campbell, but here’s betting that if the Redskins get off to a good start, winning will cure all.

TWT FIVE REASONS FOR NATIONALS FANS TO THINK POSITIVE

1. Jordan Zimmermann — Two starts in, the rookie has a 2.38 ERA and an 8-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’s here to stay.

2. The other Zimmerman — Ryan Zimmerman has one less “n” and a five-year, $45 million contract to stick with the Nationals.

3. The Strasburg sweepstakes — Assuming the Lerners pony up the small fortune it will take to sign him, Stephen Strasburg could be in the majors by September.

4. Jim Bowden is gone — Unfortunately the bad contracts he gave to the likes of Dmitri Young are still here, but those will be gone in time.

5. “Nationals” was spelled correctly on the jerseys this week — Unfortunately there are still five months left to get it wrong again.

HE SAID WHAT?

“[The wait] could have been shorter, but it doesn’t matter. I knew I was going to be drafted. Don’t feel sorry for me.” — Ravens first-round choice Michael Oher

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