Monday, October 31, 2011

Lockout Costs NBA Two More Weeks

Washington Post:
NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled an additional two weeks of the season on Friday after the league and its players’ union were unable to resolve their labor dispute and come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league had already eliminated the first two weeks, wiping out 100 games though Nov. 14, and the next round will take away 112 games through Nov. 30.

The Wizards would lose nine more games, bringing their total to 14. They will miss out on the first West Coast trip of the season, which included games against the Los Angeles Lakers (Nov. 15), Sacramento (Nov. 16), Golden State (Nov. 18) and Denver (Nov. 19). They will also lose home games against Boston (Nov. 22), Minnesota (Nov. 26) and Cleveland (Nov. 30) and two other road games, against Detroit (Nov. 25) and New York (Nov. 28).

With the league now wiping out most of the first month of the season, the Wizards would miss two paychecks – or about $7.42 million. All NBA players would miss out on an estimated $400 million.

Players have been locked out since July 1 and no talks have been scheduled since negotiations again broke down when both sides failed to figure out how to divide revenues.

The players’ union received 57 percent of basketball-related income in the previous collective barganing agreement, but has been willing to go down to 52 percent. Owners are seeking a 50-50 split, a number that has resulted in three bargaining breakdowns in the past month.

“I’m just reflecting the calendar,” Stern said. “I mean, there’s just — you need 30 days to play, and so the last two weeks of November are gone. It’s already getting to be November 1. The calendar takes care of our games. These are not punitive announcements, these are calendar-generated announcements.

“We had quite openly discussed with the players that if we could make the deal, we could get the season in,” he said. “And we knew that if we had been able to make a deal, in the first year of the deal, the amount — because we had already agreed with the players that their current contracts would be paid, the amount being paid to them would be far in excess of 50 percent.”

Schedules would likely have to be scrapped and done over, if the two sides are able to reach an agreement that could salvage the season.

More information:
» At least John Wall ripped it up in the Las Vegas "Lockout League":

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fugees - "Rumble in the Jungle" w/ A Tribe & Busta (1996)

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event that took place on October 30, 1974, in the Mai 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). It pitted then world Heavyweight champion George Foreman against former world champion and challenger Muhammad Ali. Ali won by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round.

When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight championship match between Ali and Foreman. The film won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and is frequently regarded as one of the best boxing documentaries ever.

A soundtrack album was released in 1997. It features live festival performances in addition to new music by Zelma Davis, the duet "When We Were Kings" performed by Brian McKnight and Diana King, and "Rumble In The Jungle", the final recording done by the Fugees, in a collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, and John Forte.

How to Build Your Brand at Music Festivals

The Smoking Section:
1. Make Sure Your Music Is Mixed Properly
This is number one for a reason. Whether it’s a CD or some other form of free, there’s nothing worse than playing an album that’s not mixed properly. More specifically, it’s a sure way for your tunes to be quickly glossed over. Don’t invest so much into cover art and packaging that you forget to make sure your vocals sound crisp and aren’t drowned out by the instrumental.

2. Put Your Best Song First
Sure it’s cliché but you really don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Grab the listener’s attention early and get them on your side. Don’t make or expect them to suffer through the intro and couple of freestyles before they find something that resonates. Because truthfully, they may not make it to track five.

3. Carry Yourself With Class
One thing we’ve found very humbling while submitting ourselves to events like this is that you never know who you’ll bump in to. Since half our livelihood is consumed online, many times putting faces on Internet acquaintances, artists or personalities is easier said than done. So, before you give someone you don’t know the cold shoulder, keep in mind they might have the skeleton key to your success. Treat everyone like he or she is the most important person in the room.

4. Stand Out With Stage Presence
When there are 101 rappers on the bill, your live performance has to include more than you standing on stage mean-mugging. Let’s face it, you’re probably far from a hometown crowd and not everyone knows your songs. So figuring out a way to stick out is key. If it helps, go watch Tyler The Creator or MGK perform on YouTube and remember where their stage shows took them.

5. Limit Your CD To 5-7 Songs
As mentioned before, your release won’t be the only one someone will have the opportunity to check out. Instead of 19 tracks for the listener to go through, select the strongest tracks and go with those. If your first track is as strong as you believe it is, there’s a good chance they’ll give the rest of your songs a fair shake.

6. Personal Interaction Is Everything
Sure, everyone is passing out CDs. And, while it may seem like overkill to hand them out one by one to each person you see, it’s going to get you way further than simply setting them on tables and expecting people to care enough to put them in their pocket. Since you’re not in demand, briefly introducing yourself to potential fans and asking if they wouldn’t mind listening is your only option. Otherwise, you’re oh-so-important project becomes a coaster for $5 beers.

7. Consider Passing Your Music Out In Another Format Than CD
Despite us living in a digital age, CD’s have managed to hold on as the major distribution for underground music. Outside of our cars, though, CD’s don’t get a lot of burn. Had we not driven to Atlanta this year, going through these CD’s would have been a much more major ordeal. Business cards with a link to your music or a usb drive will allow bloggers and other technologically inclined individuals to digest your music in their preferred format. Plus accumulating these won’t weigh down a backpack quite as bad.

8. Stay Away From Freestyles On Your Sampler
While freestyling over the hottest beats of today and yesteryear may seem like a good idea, it isn’t helping you. Save that for when you have an identity and a fan base. The best way to gain fans and prove your artistic merit is to craft original songs. No will knock you for rocking over another person’s beat, just make it memorable. For the long run, you’ll fare better by establishing your own sound.

9. Have A Gimmick, But Don’t Be Defined By It
Again, with so many competitors in your vicinity during festivals like these, setting yourself apart is a necessity. But, before rocking the Kid ‘N Play fade or jumping into a pharaoh costume, don’t sore thumb yourself. Sometimes standing out so much will make people forget you’re an artist at all: let alone one worth taking seriously.

10. Limit Face-Time With People
Despite everything said about acting buddy-buddy with potential connections, know when to walk away. Just because you’re talented doesn’t mean Gotty™ is going to miss a cig break to listen to you freestyle. Say your piece, exchange daps and keep it movin.’

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Behind The Scenes of Deadmau5 Tour

Deadmau5 Meowingtons Hax Tour Visuals - Behind the Scenes from POSSIBLE on Vimeo.

Deadmau5 has always been famous for delivering a jaw-dropping stage show, and with his Meowingtons Hax tour, he’s kicked it up yet another notch.

Now POSSIBLE Productions, the designers responsible for his custom visuals, take you behind the scenes with this three-minute clip, capturing highlights from the spectacle as well as a glimpse at the development process.

Build a better mousetrap, as the old adage has it, and the world will beat a path to your door. No wonder POSSIBLE’s clients include Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, The Glitch Mob, and Wolfgang Gartner.

World Series Best Photos

Game 1

In an expected pitchers' duel, Allen Craig, who had the first go-ahead pinch-hit RBI in a World Series since 1996, helped ace Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals take Game 1 of the Fall Classic against the Rangers.

Game 2

The Rangers were reliving a bad dream after Cards pinch-hitter Allen Craig once again delivered a go-ahead hit off Alexi Ogando. But Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus, both stellar on defense, ignited a two-run ninth-inning rally to even the World Series at 1.

Game 3

Pujols hit three home runs—just the third player in World Series history to do that in one game. He had hit for 14 total bases, the most in World Series history. He had six RBI, again, tying the World Series record. Finally, his five hits tied yet another World Series record.

Game 4

A night after Texas pitchers gave up 16 St. Louis runs, Derek Holland allowed two hits over 8 1/3 shutout innings to pull the Rangers even in the World Series. Mike Napoli's three-run homer paced the offense in support of Holland.

Game 5

Mike Napoli delivered the crushing blow in Game 4 and returned to his wrecking-ball ways in Game 5 vs. the Cardinals, hitting a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth to position the Rangers within one win of their first World Series title.

Game 6

Texas had two chances to clinch its first World Series title, but St. Louis -- down to its last out each time -- rallied in the ninth and 10th. The drama ended when David Freese, who forced extras with his triple, hit a walk-off shot in the 11th to force a Game 7.

Game 7

A postseason run for the ages concluded with the Cards crowned as World Series champs for the 11th time in franchise history. Chris Carpenter pitched on short rest to help dispatch Texas in Game 7, and David Freese earned Fall Classic MVP honors.

Tony La Russa, the third-winningest manager of all time and most assuredly a future Hall of Famer, retired fewer than three days after winning a World Series for the third time, the second time with St. Louis. He amassed 1,408 regular-season victories with them in 16 seasons. The Cardinals skipper is also the only manager in Major League Baseball history to win multiple pennants in both leagues and the second to win a World Series title in each as well.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

David Calvo: Rubik's Cube Juggling

Cooley, Hightower Out For The Season

A Washington Redskins team in desperate need of more weapons instead has lost another key offensive component. For the second time in three years, tight end Chris Cooley’s season will end early due to injury.

The Redskins announced Tuesday that Cooley, an eight-year veteran, had become Washington’s third offensive starter in two weeks to join the season-ending injured reserve list. The Redskins also have lost guard Kory Lichtensteiger and running back Tim Hightower to ACL tears.

Cooley had surgery on a broken index finger last week and was expected to miss at least four games. But it’s apparently his knee that was the bigger problem. Cooley met with orthopedist James Andrews on Monday afternoon.

“I think he’s gonna probably take a look at an MRI, take a look at some X-rays and give us his opinion,” Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.

It was not immediately known Tuesday evening whether Cooley would require surgery on his knee.

Cooley has been among the franchise’s most recognizable faces the past several seasons and one of its most consistent performers. He is a two-time Pro Bowler who earlier this season became the Redskins’ all-time leading receiver among tight ends.

Despite his success, Cooley’s long-term future in Washington may not be known for several months. Cooley will be 30 years old before next season begins, and although his contract for next season is not guaranteed, he’s due to earn $3.8 million in 2012.

Slowed by a bad knee all preseason, he took on a diminished role in the team’s first five games and had just eight catches for 65 yards this season. Tight end Fred Davis, meanwhile, became one of the Redskins’ top receiving options. Through six games, Davis leads the team with 28 receptions and 423 yards. He also has two touchdowns.

Cooley broke his finger in Washington’s Week 6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but his left knee is what has really affected him this season. He had arthroscopic surgery on the joint immediately following the 2010 season, but it still bothered him when the Redskins reported for training camp in July.

He missed all of the preseason, had the knee drained several times and underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy in order to play in Week 1 against the New York Giants.

Each week, he spoke hopefully about the knee’s progress and was excited for the rest of the season. As recently as Friday, Cooley said he expected to return.

“This has been a weird year for me,” he said. “Not practicing in camp, then not playing the way I want to play, now being hurt for another month — I’ve never experienced something like this.”

The Redskins are reeling from other injuries to their offensive personnel, including Santana Moss, who is out five to seven weeks with a broken hand; Trent Williams, who missed Sunday’s game with a high ankle sprain; and backup quarterback Rex Grossman, who was hospitalized with pneumonia. On defense, starting free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe missed Sunday’s game as well.

The Redskins have not announced any additions to the 53-man roster. Second-year tight end Logan Paulsen saw increased action in last Sunday's loss at Carolina, posting two catches for 48 yards.

“Logan Paulsen’s been very consistent since he’s been here,” Shanahan said Monday. “He’s a guy who’s done a good job with the running game, good job in the passing game, he’s really consistent. I thought he handled himself extremely well in that game, making some big plays, big catches, big blocks. He’ll continue to get better.”

Cooley was a third-round draft pick in 2004 by Joe Gibbs and Vinny Cerrato. Though he will have missed a total of 20 games from 2009 to 2011, he didn’t miss a single game in his first five seasons. In fact, he didn’t miss a single practice either.

He was asked last week about the Redskins’ constant rotation at quarterback during his tenure in Washington and how it has affected his career.

“I’ve been happy with my career and you can’t change the way it’s been,” Cooley said. “It could’ve gone any way. I’m happy with the way my career has went. I’d just like to win more football games.”

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Caps On Historic Streak

The Washington Capitals enter the week atop the NHL's standings, starting the season with seven consecutive wins for the first time in franchise history. After tying a franchise mark with a 4-0-0 start, the Capitals picked up three more wins last week, defeating the Florida Panthers, the Philadelphia Flyers and an impressive 7-1 win against the previously undefeated Detroit Red Wings.

Washington's 7-0-0 start is the best in team history and the Capitals five-straight home victories to start the 2011-12 campaign is also a franchise record.

Remember when the Caps won the final seven games of the 2007-08 regular season to squeak past the Carolina Hurricanes into the top spot in the Southeast Division? That winning streak earned the Capitals their first Stanley Cup playoff berth in five years. That winning streak was also Washington’s first of five games or more in more than seven years.

Washington’s drought between five-game winning was the longest current drought among all 30 NHL teams at the time, and also the longest in Washington franchise history. The Caps went the first 464 games of their existence without a five-game winning streak, and that streak from March 21-April 5, 2008 ended a 498-game spell between five-game winning sprees.

That seven-game winning streak was the also the first of five or more games with Bruce Boudreau behind the Capitals’ bench. Since then, the Caps have made streaking more of a regular occurrence in these parts.

During the 2008-09 regular season, the Caps enjoyed two winning streaks of five games in length and one that lasted seven games.

In 2009-10, the Capitals had a five-game streak, two six-gamers and of course the franchise record 14-game winning streak that stretched from Jan. 13 to Feb. 7, 2010.

Last season, they had winning streaks of six and nine games. This year, they’ve got the current seven-game run working as they get ready to set out on their first multiple-game road trip of the season.

So after going more than seven years without a winning streak of as many as five games, they’ve now had 11 winning streaks of five or more games in just under four years since Boudreau took over behind the bench.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tough Mudder Virginia 2011!

I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
I do not whine--kids whine.
I help my fellow Mudders complete the course.
I overcome all fears.

More information:
» Tough Mudder Virginia Event Photos
» Men's Journal: An Obstacle Race Without the Wait

Sunday, October 16, 2011

HOME, A Film By Yann Arthus-Bertrand

"We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.

HOME has been made for you: share it! And act for the planet."

Yann Arthus-Bertrand
President, GoodPlanet Foundation

More information:
» Watch the Film: HOME Youtube Channel
» Official Website
» HOME Transcript (English)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spotlight: Frank Beamer

"'I feel fortunate to be around 25 years,' Beamer said. 'I really understand how fortunate I am. There have been a lot of good coaches, a lot of good players, and an administration that hung around when most wouldn’t these days after about the first four or five years. Things have turned out good for Virginia Tech."

Frank Beamer was hired to replace outgoing head coach Bill Dooley, who resigned as coach and athletic director in 1986. Dooley coached out that 1986 season, taking the Hokies to a Peach Bowl win over NC State, but he also left the program on probation. Beamer faced major obstacles during his early years as a result.

Virginia Tech went 2-9 in Beamer's first season, losing to Clemson (10-2), UVA (8-4) and Syracuse (11-0-1) in the first three games of the season. Tech also faced South Carolina (8-4) and Miami (12-0) that season, and it was a brutal schedule.

Beamer's second season in 1988 didn't go much better. The Hokies went 3-8 against a schedule that featured Clemson (10-2), Southern Miss (10-2), West Virginia (11-1), South Carolina (8-4), Virginia (7-4), Louisville (8-3) and Florida State (11-1).

Beamer never beat a team with a winning record until 1989, when his Hokies went 6-4-1, with big wins over West Virginia and NC State. His 1990 team went 6-5, with wins over NC State, Southern Miss and UVA, and a narrow 6-3 loss to undefeated and eventual National Champion Georgia Tech.

The program was still on probation however, and the lack of scholarship players would cost Beamer in 1991 (5-6) and 1992 (2-8-1). The 1991 schedule was brutal. After opening with a home win against James Madison, Tech played four consecutive road games against NC State, South Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia, followed by a "neutral" site game against Florida State in Orlando.

After nearly being fired following the 1992 season, Beamer finally had a full team of scholarship players in 1993. The results showed on the field, as the Hokies went 9-3 with an Independence Bowl win over Indiana. It was the beginning of a bowl streak that is still ongoing, and showing no signs of ending.

During that streak, Beamer has won seven conference championships in the Big East and ACC.

Conference Championships Under Beamer
Year Conference Record
1995 Big East 10-2
1996 Big East 10-2
1999 Big East 11-1
2004 ACC 10-3
2007 ACC 11-3
2008 ACC 10-4
2010 ACC 11-3

That's seven times in 18 years that Virginia Tech has played in a BCS Bowl (or a Bowl Alliance game, as they were previously known). Seven other times in that span (1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2009), the Hokies were selected by the #2 bowl in their conference, either the Gator Bowl or the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Only four times (1993, 1997, 2002 and 2003) did the Hokies not go to the #1 or #2 bowl of their conference.

In 1999, he won a number of national coach of the year honors when he led Virginia Tech to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl, where they lost a bid for the national championship to Florida State. Beamer was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2004, his first year competing in the conference. He repeated as ACC Coach of the Year in 2005 while leading his team to the ACC Coastal Division title and an appearance in the inaugural ACC Championship Game.

Beamer enters his 25th season as Virginia Tech’s head coach this fall, a longevity that has been unrivaled, as no other head football coach in school history had lasted longer than 10 seasons, and only Penn State’s Joe Paterno has been at his current school consecutively longer (45 years). Beamer has won 240 games in his 30 years as a head coach, and only Penn State's Joe Paterno, with 401 victories, has won more games among active Division I coaches. Beamer also is second to Paterno (37) in bowl appearances. But his sustained success at his alma mater has been unparalleled in recent years, as no other program has managed seven straight 10-win seasons.

More information:
» Full Profile on
» Washington Post: "Coach Frank Beamer Reflects..."
» ESPN: "Hokies Hope to Mark Beamer's 25th Season"

Did You Know? 4.0

"Fantastic video on the progression of information technology, researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman."

"Laura Bestler, Scott McLeod’s graduate assistant, did most of the research for this one, and of course XPLANE did all the graphical work."

More information:
» Shift Happens: About the Videos
» TIME Magazine: "What College Students Don't Know"

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Don't Hate On Polamalu's Locks

NY Daily News:
Last year, Head & Shoulders took out a $1 million insurance policy with Lloyd's of London on the locks of the Super Bowl-winning safety.

"They've created the first ever insurance policy to protect his iconic mane for the entire NFL season," Procter & Gamble said in a statement.

Polamalu says he has not cut his hair since 2000. He has been a spokesman for the Procter & Gamble Co. brand since 2008.

"It's very unique," the 29 year-old strong safety told Glamour. "I always tell people that it equates my hair with J.Lo's butt!"

He recently scared some unsuspecting fans at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mountain Biker Taken Out By Antelope!

Evan Van der Spuy, the 2010 South African Youth Cross-country Cup Series champion, has been at the center of global attention since the incident, which was caught on film by his Team Jeep South Africa teammate, Travis Walker, who was riding behind him with a handlebar-mounted video camera.

The clip shows Van der Spuy riding at speed through a flat grassland section of the route. He notices movement to his right, points to the right, eases off the pedalling for a moment and then is knocked off his bike by an adult Red Hartebeest, which appears to try and jump over him.

Van der Spuy is a final year learner at South City Christian College in Ramsgate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The incident occurred 6.5km into the 38km race at the Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve. Van der Spuy was lying in second place overall at the time, around 30 seconds behind the leader.

“There were actually two buck that I saw. The one crossed over the race route ahead of me and this one was obviously following that one,” recalled Van der Spuy. “I was riding at about 35kph and the Hartebeest was running at an angle and so must have been going quicker than that.”

Van der Spuy was concussed and his helmet was shattered by the impact.

“My helmet probably saved my life,” said Van der Spuy, adding. “The footage shows me moving on the ground, but I don’t remember anything at all. I don’t even remember standing in front of the camera afterwards! The irony is that I don’t do any road cycling because our roads are so dangerous.”

Van der Spuy took Wednesday off school to field media interviews. He did five radio interviews on Wednesday morning before 10am and did a Skype interview with CNN on Tuesday night. Most of the world’s TV news networks have covered the unusual incident.

Red Hartebeest stand around 1.25m at the shoulder and weigh around 150kg. They are one of the fastest African animals, capable of reaching speeds of 65kph.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Caps Drop Tampa Bay 6-5 In Shootout

There were 10 goals scored, but neither team ever led by more than a goal or for more than 8:15 in duration.

The Lightning surrendered 43 shots on goal after permitting a combined total of 75 in its first two games. The Caps continuously carved through the heart of the Lightning defense with little resistance and dominated the attack zone.

Washington poured 85 shots toward Tampa Bay goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who is two days shy of his 42nd birthday. Forty-three of those shots were on goal, 23 were blocked in front and 19 missed their mark altogether.

The Lightning mustered only 54 shot tries of their own, but they were aided by some fortuitous bounces and some mediocre netminding.

Making his debut in a Capitals’ sweater, goaltender Tomas Vokoun was dented for five goals on 28 shots, and some of those “shots” were more like centering passes.

Although Vokoun turned in what he termed his worst game in five years, he also made five saves in the overtime session, four of them while the Lightning was on the power play. Without those stops – and the ones he made in the skills competition – the Caps come away with one point and not two.

After the game, Vokoun was given the hard hat by his teammates, who obviously appreciated the gravity of his strange evening from dismal start to redeeming finish. And then he stood patiently in front of reporters and told them what a bad game he had.

“It was probably my worst game in five years,” laments Vokoun. “It just shows how strong this team is. They literally won tonight without goaltending. What can I say? Guys played hard. I think it was a great game from our side, but it should have been pretty much 5-2 at the worst.

“Right from the start, it didn’t go my way. It started being really choppy. Once you get on your heels, you start misreading the plays. It was just an ugly, ugly, ugly game for me.

“We won the game, certainly no thanks to me. But the team played great and I think it shows a lot of character. Our guys battled; came back four times. I’m going to make a promise. I’m going to [pay] them back sometime when they need me.”

Jason Chimera scored his 100th and 101st career NHL goals and now has a team-leading three goals on the season. With two goals tonight and one in the opener, Jason Chimera has erased his previous fastest start (three goals in five games in 2005-06) to start an NHL season. He also led the team with seven shots on goal.

Also, playing alongside linemates Brooks Laich and Joel Ward, Chimera and his checking line cohorts kept Lightning luminaries Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos off the scoresheet.

“Just three guys working hard,” says Chimera. “We all really take pride in going against their number one line and playing really good defense. And mostly when you play good defense, it leads to good offense.”

In addition to getting his first goal as a Capital, Washington winger Troy Brouwer consistently bounced Bolts bodies all night. For the second game in a row, he paced the Capitals in hits, registering seven.

A healthy scratch for Saturday’s season opener, sophomore Caps center Marcus Johansson came out like a guy who’d been blasted from a cannon right from his first shift of the night.

On his second shift of the game, he scored Washington’s first goal of the contest. He added an assist in the second, and finished up with two points and four shots on goal to show for his 15:41 of work.

“I always try to play my own game and play as hard as I can,” says Johansson. “My legs felt good and the whole team worked hard and it was easier to play and tonight it worked. Hopefully, we’ll keep it going that way.”

Fifteen of the 19 skaters the Capitals have dressed in their first two games this season have contributed on the scoresheet with a goal or an assist. Among Washington's six defensemen, only Roman Hamrlik is without a point, but he led the team in blocked shots (4) for the second straight game.