Elite teams storm into Streetball quarterfinals

first_imgTournament heavyweights Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Rio All-Stars, Gold is Money, Back Circle and Leopold Street progressed to the quarterfinals following round of 16 victories Saturday in the inaugural Rio Indoor Streetball Championship.  In front of a large crowd at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, the quintet of Sparta Boss, Rio All-Stars, Bent Street, Leopold Street and Rio All-Stars, stormed into the elite eight section following convincing victories. Gold is Money, another favourite team’s victory was unconvincing.Newcomer Rio All-Stars highlighted the night with a 5-0 thrashing of Tiger Bay.Cecil Jackman recorded a double in the third and 15th minute while Kelsey Benjamin added a brace in the fourth and 17th minute. Job Caesar scored the team’s other goal in the 12th minute.  Similarly, Bent Street crushed Sophia 4-0. The quartet of Pernell Schultz, Daniel Wilson, Clive Nobrega and Adrian Aaron scored in the fourth, seventh, ninth and 14th minute apiece.Sparta Boss dismissed the challenge of Avocado Ballers  3-1  through goals from  Eusi Phillips, Ryan Hackett and Deon Alfred netted in the second, 15th and 18th minute respectively. Wesley Greenidge netted in the 13th minute for the losers. Likewise Back Circle made light work of Broad Street 4-1. National forward Trayon Bobb registered a hat trick in the second, fourth and eighth minute. Adding a goal in the seventh minute was Jermaine Beckles. For Broad Street, Brad Evans netted in the sixth minute.Meanwhile, Leopold Street brushed aside Alexander Village 4-1. Darren Benjamin tallied a brace in the 15th and 17th minute. Contributing goals in the fifth and 14th minute were Rafael Edwards and Dorwin George correspondingly. For the losers, veteran forward Shem Porter netted in the ninth minute. Gold is Money edged Albouystown 2-1. Josiah Charles and Randolph Wagner scored in the eighth and 24th minute respectively while Omari James scored in the 16th minute for Albouystown. In other results, BV squeaked Showstoppers 3-2 and Future Stars defeated Kingston 2-1. The respective winners will now face-off in the quarterfinals on Saturday.last_img read more

Courtney Browne injured in deadly vehicle accident

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Former West Indies wicketkeeper, Courtney Browne, escaped with a broken leg following a fatal vehicular collision which claimed the life of another man here yesterday.  Reports said Browne, accompanied by his wife Tricia, was driving along Bennetts Road section of the Ronald Mapp Highway in the northwest of the island in the early hours of the morning, when his blue BMW collided with a Toyota car travelling in the other direction. Michael McClean, 37, the driver of the Toyota, died on the spot.Browne and and his wife – who complained of pains to her chest and abdomen – were freed from the wreckage by fire service personnel using “the jaws of life” rescue tools, and taken to hospital by ambulance.Browne, who celebrated his 49th birthday just two weeks ago, is a successful former Barbados captain who also represented West Indies in 20 Tests and 46 One-Day Internationals. He more recently served as chairman of West Indies selectors until he was removed in an administrative overhaul earlier this year, following the election of new Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt.last_img read more

Thiem slays nemesis Nadal to reach Australian Open semis

first_imgMELBOURNE, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Dominic Thiem ended six years of Grand Slam frustration against Rafa Nadal on Wednesday with a seismic 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6) upset that booked his maiden Australian Open semi-final and rocked the old guard of men’s tennis. After pulling off a nerve-shredding win that quashed doubts about his prowess on hardcourts, the 26-year-old Austrian will face Alexander Zverev for a place in the final, a match-up scarcely imaginable at the start of the tournament.Fifth seed Thiem will head into Friday’s clash against the young German brimming with confidence, having ended top seed Nadal’s bid for a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, despite a few wobbles on the way to victory.Turning the tables on the man who had beaten him in all five of their previous Grand Slam meetings, including the last two French Open finals, Thiem became only the second Austrian to reach the last four at Melbourne Park, following Thomas Muster’s runs in 1989 and 1997. In a grandstand finish with the terraces roaring, Nadal saved two match points in the decisive tiebreak but surrendered on the third when he slammed a forehand into the net.The result was different but the match had echoes of the pair’s five-set marathon at the 2018 U.S. Open quarter-finals, when Nadal finally prevailed at 2:04am local time after four hours and 49 minutes of gut-wrenching play.This time, after four hours and 10 minutes, the Spaniard left with plenty of regrets and, most likely, some ill will toward the net. The net cord was decisively in Thiem’s corner. He clipped it with a backhand winner that secured the final match point.“I really feel I was lucky in the right situation, the net cord was really on my side,” an exhausted Thiem said on court.“It’s necessary because he’s one of the greatest of all time, biggest legend the sport ever had. So you need some luck to beat him.” Nadal had his chances. He failed to convert set point when serving for the opening frame and let Thiem off the hook again when 4-2 up in the second.After wrenching the momentum from the Austrian with a brave third set rally, Nadal gave it right back, squandering three break points early in the fourth set and then promptly dropping serve.The Mallorcan has overcome bigger problems in a long and brilliant career, so there was never any danger he would ever go quietly. He scrapped deep into the set and the pressure finally told on Thiem, who crumbled when serving for the match at 5-4.Thudding into the net after a double-fault, Thiem handed the break back to Nadal with a wild forehand.“Special situation for me, serving for the match against Rafa for my first semi-finals here,” said Thiem, with a laugh.“Mentally tough situation, couldn’t handle it.” But for once the indefatigable Spaniard was unable to make Thiem pay.Even when Thiem took a tumble mid-rally during the final tiebreak, he scrambled to his feet to take a 5-2 lead when Nadal punched a backhand into the tramlines.On the first match point, Thiem wound up his forehand for a killer blow but bashed straight into the net. The crowd then gasped when Nadal bravely challenged a line call on the second match point after Thiem’s defensive lob tested the baseline.The technology backed Nadal but his backhand failed him on the final point, planting the ball into a net that seemed against him all night.“Of course, I am sad. I lost an opportunity to be in the semi-finals of another Grand Slam,” said Nadal. “But I lost against a great opponent. And he deserves it, too. Well done for him.” (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Ken Ferris and Pritha Sarkar)last_img read more

Muguruza battles past Halep to reach Australian Open final

first_imgMELBOURNE,  (Reuters) – Garbine Muguruza continued her stunning revival at the Australian Open yesterday as she fought off Simona Halep 7-6(8) 7-5 in a battle of attrition to reach her first Australian Open final in broiling heat. The unseeded Spaniard arrived at Melbourne Park with low expectations but will now face American 14th seed Sofia Kenin in Saturday’s title match for a chance to clinch her third major title after a period in the Grand Slam wilderness.With the temperature nudging 40 degrees Celsius (104F) at a scorching Rod Laver Arena, Muguruza was dragged into a see-sawing scrap by fourth seed Halep, who threatened to run away with the second set after losing her cool at the end of the first.However, the Spaniard who scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in the offseason had the endurance to match Halep and ended up avenging her semi-final loss to the Romanian at the 2018 French Open. Down 5-4 in the second set, Muguruza rallied and blasted through the dogged Romanian’s defences, breaking her twice in the finish to avoid a third set in sweltering conditions.  “I wasn’t thinking I was down. I was thinking, ‘Keep going and at some point you’re going to have your opportunity’,” said Muguruza.“I know I was facing Simona so it was going to be a hard match. So I was just hanging in there and fighting with all the energy I had.”The 26-year-old Muguruza would not have been on many lists of pre-tournament contenders but the class and fighting spirit that saw her hoist the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon trophies has come flooding back in Australia. “You start day by day, that’s what I was doing,” said Muguruza, who reunited with former coach Conchita Martinez in the offseason.“Very excited to be in the final, it’s a long way to go. I have one more match on Saturday.”Like world number one Ash Barty, who failed to convert four set points in her semi-final against Kenin, Halep was left to rue a slew of missed chances. She let two set points go begging in the tiebreak against an opponent she had never beaten on hardcourts.She saved a couple herself but with Muguruza a sitting duck at the net, Halep slapped an attempted pass into the net to fall a set behind.Enraged with herself, the Romanian bashed her racket into the court twice to earn a code violation and returned to her chair fuming. “I think maybe I could have been a little bit more brave in the points that were important,” Wimbledon champion Halep told reporters.“I didn’t do that. Maybe I went a little bit defensive in those balls and I couldn’t take the domination of the point.”The pair traded breaks early in the second set before Halep nudged ahead and steeled herself to level the match on serve.She saved three break points as Muguruza ratcheted up the pressure but finally buckled with a pair of unforced errors. Having stolen the momentum, Muguruza rode it to the finish, rushing forward to coax Halep into another ill-fated pass on the second match point.Muguruza, the only woman to beat Venus and Serena Williams in Grand Slam finals, will play her first major title match since her Wimbledon triumph.“Definitely the mission is to get away from here with a big trophy,” she said.last_img read more

NBA roundup: Clippers win sixth straight

first_imgKawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell posted double-doubles, and the visiting Los Angeles Clippers drubbed the Houston Rockets 120-105 on Thursday night. The Clippers extended their winning streak to six consecutive games and, perhaps of greater significance, squared the season series with Houston at two games apiece. The Clippers own the superior record within the Western Conference should the teams finish tied in the standings.Leonard added six rebounds, five assists and two steals in just 28 minutes while Zubac (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Harrell (19 points, 10 rebounds) punished the smaller Rockets inside. Paul George (13 points) and Marcus Morris Sr. (11 points) added to the Clippers onslaught.Russell Westbrook paired 29 points with 15 rebounds while James Harden scored 16 points on 4-for-17 shooting for Houston. Toronto Raptors 121 – Golden State Warriors 113Norman Powell stole the spotlight in Stephen Curry’s long-awaited return with a career-high 37 points, and Pascal Siakam hit a key hoop with 45.7 seconds remaining, helping Toronto outlast Golden State in a rematch of last June’s NBA Finals.Curry had a team-high-tying 23 points in 27 minutes in his first action since breaking his left hand in the Warriors’ fourth game of the season in October. He missed 58 games. Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, two key contributors when the Raptors ended Golden State’s bid for a three-peat with a 4-2 win in the Finals, each recorded a double-double, lifting the Raptors to a second straight win after three consecutive losses.Denver Nuggets 114 – Charlotte Hornets 112Jamal Murray’s short jumper with 6 seconds remaining gave Denver a victory over host Charlotte in a dizzying finish. Murray finished with a team-high 18 points as seven Denver players scored in double figures.Charlotte’s Terry Rozier missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. From the four-minute mark to the two-minute mark, there were seven lead changes and a tie.Philadelphia 76ers 125 – Sacramento Kings 108 Tobias Harris scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Shake Milton added 20 points as short-handed Philadelphia slowed down red-hot Sacramento.De’Aaron Fox scored 23 points and Buddy Hield added 22 for the Kings, who saw their three-game overall winning streak come to an end as well as their six-game home winning streak.Al Horford had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Sixers, who led by as many as 19 in the third quarter only to see the Kings cut the deficit to six with less than three minutes remaining in the period. However, a quick 12-2 run built the Sixers’ lead back to 96-80 at the end of the third.—Field Level Medialast_img read more

Kelly Eden – TXODDS – 2015 Industry Review

first_img Related Articles GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Share Submit SBCnews caught up with Kelly Eden, Head of TXTRADER at TXODDS, to find out what he made of the industry’s progress in 2015 and beyond.SBC: What industry development caught your eye this year?KE: Betting and gambling in Africa, particularly sports betting seems to be getting bigger and more widespread there. Football is and always will be the biggest market, thanks to TV broadcasting and also the dominance of well-known African international football teams such as Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria, but now there is also the emergence of teams such as Algeria, Ghana, Cape Verde Islands, Congo and Mali.The European leagues are swamped with big named stars from Africa but the arrival of a new breed of African footballers has really put the continent well and truly on the map. Betting in Africa is flying thanks to licensing laws being lessened, and combination of betting shops, on-line betting and smartphones.SBC: What was your favourite industry event this year?KE: On a personal level it was the SBC Betting on Football and Matchbook Traders Conference. Both days a success to the industry. The Betting on Football was a fascinating insight into all the different angles and experiences on several levels in football betting, with plenty of professional faces sharing views and knowledge.The first ever Matchbook Traders Conference was a fantastic success with over 350 sports traders and industry types selling out the event. TXODDS were prominent at both events and our very own Alex Kozlenkov was responsible for an excellent presentation and speech.SBC: Where will Chelsea’s finish in the league at the end of the season?KE: While Chelsea have named Guus Hiddink as interim manager until the end of the season, Diego Simeone, current coach of Atletico Madrid, is the bookies favourite to over next season, also Pep Guardiola who is currently at Bayern Munich is being linked to the job.Chelsea are somewhat adrift in the league, so their main focus will the Champions League, but being drawn against PSG is going to be tough. Also the FA Cup will be a target now and is a cup they have a good record in. I can see Chelsea finishing 10th in the Premier League this season.SBC: ESports – is there true potential in this market or is it over-hyped?KE: ESports has such a huge impact on many different every day level and personally I see betting markets being available at some point but only on certain games. Obviously like everything in the betting industry there are certain flaws to get over and most importantly the whole gambling part would need to be regulated.Another aspect is the games, if any, that betting would be applicable to. I see bookies having no problems offering odds on say FIFA football which is one of the most popular selling games, but games like Halo, Tour of Duty, Assassins Creed etc, I would not expect bookmakers being that tempted. Betting Exchanges in my opinion are the companies that would benefit the most from ESports betting.SBC: What are your expectations for the Euros? Which team will win it? Which domestic team will advance furthest?KE: The draw has been made for Euro 2016 and thrown up some tasty groups and games. Last year after the World Cup, I was asked who would win Euro 2016 and I said France at 6/1. And I’ve no reason to change my mind, yes the odds are shorter now. Home advantage is always a plus and the French squad is full of fantastic individuals, coached by Didier Deschamps and have a nice draw in a group with Albania, Romania and Switzerland.Obviously World Cup winners Germany are the favourites but in a group with Poland and Ukraine it won’t be easy. Spain are next in the betting but have a tough group with Croatia, Turkey and Czech Rep and I think Spain are in need of a change of management.Belgium have plenty of class players and talent but failed to shine at the World Cup, while Portugal at 18/1 and Italy at 16/1 seem big odds but always fall short at the critical times in major tournaments. Austria at 50/1 were very impressive in qualifying and don’t have a bad group with Portugal, Iceland and Hungary.Of our home nations, England were outstanding in the qualifiers and finally look to have a squad of young, raw and eager players but experience on the big stage could be vital but they should advance from their group consisting of Wales, Russia and Slovakia. Wales have a few fantastic players but their full squad lacks class, while Northern Ireland performed miracles to qualify but now find themselves in a group with Germany, Poland and Ukraine. The Republic of Ireland also did well to qualify, via a play-off but have a tough task in a group with Belgium, Italy and Sweden.Poland could be dark horses, they have lost only once in their sixteen games and at 80/1 they look over-priced for a team that consists of one of the best strikers in the world in Robert Lewandowski.SBC: What’s your hope for the industry in 2016?KE: New competition for Betfair would be good for the industry. Betting companies that are merging need to give something back to the punters, particularly sponsorship in horse-racing. More support and funding needs to be given to Greyhound Racing, especially stadiums and tracks. And finally, continued success for TXODDS as the company grows and expands its coverage and product range!last_img read more

‘Fair, Transparent and Balanced’ – Gary McGann defends Paddy Power Betfair executive pay policy

first_img Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Gary McGannAddressing executive remuneration at Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) first ever AGM, Chairman Gary McGann stated that the company had implemented a ‘fair, transparent and balanced’ policy.McGann noted concerns on the matter, following 32% of shareholders voting against PPB’s executive pay report at the meeting.PPB’s Chairman stated that the divide stemmed from a change in the new group’s long term incentive plan (LTIP) which rewards executive with share compensations on meeting set targets post-merger.Defending his firms position, McGann stated that the LTIP changes were made in order to align both companies’ long term interests, and the new remuneration policy would help the firm maintain its leadership talent.McGann would further reiterate that PPB’s new remuneration report would come at no extra costs for its shareholders, stating that company stakeholders would see its long term value.“It is worth bearing in mind that the aspects of the remuneration report that dissenting shareholders are uncomfortable with primarily relate to the historic past decisions, with little or no ‘go forward’ aspects to it,” McGann commented“significant shareholder value has been created so far, with the company set for significant future success and shareholder value creation”PPB’s defence of its executive remuneration policy comes a week after being criticised by shareholder advisory group Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC)  which urged investors to reject the €3.7 million pay package of former Paddy Power CEO Andy McCue which it deemed as ‘excessive’ following the completed merger of the two companies.last_img read more

CEEGA crowns NetBet as ‘Best European Bookmaker’

first_img Xtremepush: Why real-time messaging is key to maximising revenue from live betting September 16, 2019 Sportsbet.io continues Brazilian drive with CR Flamengo digital partnership July 16, 2019 Submit Share StumbleUpon Sportnco maintains legacy sportsbook partnership with NetBet.fr February 10, 2020 Related Articles Share The inaugural Central & Eastern European Gaming Awards (CEEGA) saw NetBet crowned ‘European Sports Betting Operator of the Year’.The awards ceremony hosted at the Hilton Budapest (20 September) by event organisers eeGaming.org, saw NetBet beat European market rivals Unibet and Sportingbet claiming the accolade for best European sports betting operator.eeGaming.org informed that NetBet’s effective multi-European market expansion had impressed its panel of independent judges, who further recognised the bookmaker’s emphasis on localised operations and customer services.At present, NetBet is licensed in regulated markets across Europe, including France, The UK, Ireland, Italy and Romania where the company recently secured a 10-year class 1 licence.NetBet Marketing Manager Alexandre Mangaud commented on the CEEGA recognition;This is a great acknowledgement of the investment we have made in building a great product for the European market. The award acknowledges the importance we place on customer service and is a tribute to our hard-working staff, who have delivered a world-class product to our loyal customer base right across the continent, this award is a great acknowledgement of that commitment.”last_img read more

Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 12

first_imgBelow are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 16-13 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 12. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2012 season using the following point system:No. 1 – 7 pointsNo. 2 – 6 pointsNo. 3 – 5 pointsNo. 4 – 4 pointsNo. 5 – 3 pointsNo. 6 – 2 pointsNo. 7 – 1 pointTo hear the full explanation for the respective lists, click HERE.Luke Jones’ Top 7 … 7) Justin Tucker6) Brendon Ayanbadejo5) Corey Graham4) Arthur Jones3) Joe Flacco2) Torrey Smith1) Ray RiceDrew Forrester’s Top 7 …7) Brendon Ayanbadejo6) Anquan Boldin5) Arthur Jones4) Justin Tucker3) Joe Flacco2) Torrey Smith1) Ray RiceSEASON TO DATE: Luke Jones:1. Ray Rice (44 points)2. Joe Flacco (40 points)3. Torrey Smith (26 points)4. Justin Tucker (20 points)5. Anquan Boldin (19 points)6. Jacoby Jones (18 points)7. Dennis Pitta (17 points)8. Paul Kruger (15 points)9. Cary Williams (12 points)9. Dannell Ellerbe (12 points)11. Corey Graham (9 points)12. Bernard Pollard (8 points)13. Terrell Suggs (7 points)14. Sam Koch (5 points)14. Lardarius Webb (5 points)14. Haloti Ngata (5 points)17. Arthur Jones (5 points)18. Michael Oher (4 points)18. Albert McClellan (4 points)18. Tandon Doss (4 points)21. Ramon Harewood (3 points)21. Vonta Leach (3 points)23. Kelechi Osemele (2 points)24. Courtney Upshaw (2 points)24. Marshal Yanda (2 points)24. Bernard Pierce (2 points)24. James Ihedigbo (2 points)24. Brendon Ayanbadejo (2 points)29. Ed Reed (1 point)29. Ray Lewis (1 point)29. DeAngelo Tyson (1 point)Drew Forrester:1. Joe Flacco (43 points)2. Ray Rice (33 points)3. Torrey Smith (26 points)4. Justin Tucker (25 points)5. Anquan Boldin (15 points)6. Bernard Pollard (14 points)6. Dennis Pitta (14 points)8. Dannell Ellerbe (13 points)8. Cary Williams (13 points)10. Michael Oher (12 points)12. Lardarius Webb (11 points)12. Jacoby Jones (11 points)13. Sam Koch (10 points)14. Terrell Suggs (7 points)14. Corey Graham (7 points)14. Ed Reed (7 points)14. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett (7 points)18. Paul Kruger (6 points)18. Kelechi Osemele (6 points)18. Houston post-game pilot (6 points)21. Ramon Harewood (5 points)22. Ray Lewis (4 points)23. Courtney Upshaw (3 points)23. Arthur Jones (3 points)25. Vonta Leach (1 point)25. Morgan Cox (1 point)25. Tandon Doss (1 point)25. Bernard Pierece (1 point)25. Marshal Yanda (1 point)25. James Ihedigbo (1 point)25. Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)last_img read more

Ovechkin Wins It In OT After Backstrom Tied it Late

first_imgWow, what a finish, and I’m not talking about Auburn-Alabama.The Washington Capitals, who could’ve put the game away in the second period by burying some golden opportunities, looked dead to rights after the Islanders took the lead with 1:51 left in the third period and then Mike Green was correctly whistled for an interference penalty just 41 clicks later.But the Caps showed some serious resolve and mental toughness as Karl Alzner made a great pinch on the left wing boards to get the puck behind the net to Jason Chimera and then #25 hit a streaking Nicklas Backstrom in the slot and #19 one timed it by Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson with 49 ticks left in regulation for an unlikely shorthanded game tying tally.The Capitals would then kill off those final 49 third period seconds of the Green infraction and then 50 more into overtime. Over a minute later, Alexander Ovechkin scored from the slot five hole on Nilsson after a nifty drop pass from Mikhail Grabovski and it gave Washington a huge two points on Long Island. It was Ovechkin’s league leading 21st goal and the 5th time he has scored in OT in his career to defeat the Islanders (h/t @ehornick). The victory improves Washington to 14-11-2 (30 points) and keeps them two points ahead of the third place New York Rangers.Washington led 1-0 heading into the final frame thanks to a hard working goal by the Caps fourth line of Martin Erat, Tom Wilson, and Aaron Volpatti at 8:58 into period two. Erat got the puck into the slot where Wilson used his size and strength to get two shots on Nilsson before Volpatti slapped it home. After that goal the Caps had some golden opportunities to expand their lead but Backstrom and Green both missed the net from in close in the slot when all alone.Those misses looked like they might haunt Washington after they gave up a shorthanded goal to Cal Clutterbuck at 3:59 of period three, who got a breakaway when Green let a puck get by him at the Islanders blue line. It was another dismal power play for the Caps in their only try of the night. When Vanek scored just inside the two minute mark after a goal mouth scramble that had Braden Holtby (37 saves) incensed, it sure looked like it would be a rough defeat in a game Washington deserved at least a point.But Coach Adam Oates’ crew didn’t quit and Backstrom’s laser made up for his earlier miss. Ovechkin sealed the deal like a true assassin to provide a very huge win and give the Caps a two game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s tilt at the Verizon Center against the Carolina Hurricanes.Defensemen Dmitry Orlov made his season debut on Saturday and was very solid in 13:41 of work. Hopefully 81’s agent wises up and rescinds his ridiculous trade demand. As for the other player demanding out, Erat played hard and assisted on the first tally but his offensive zone turnover helped lead to the Islanders shorthanded breakaway.On defense, Alzner and John Carlson led the way again, playing 23:20 and 24:40, respectively. Overall, the Caps moved the puck much better with Orlov in for Alex Urbom on the back end. There are still improvements to be made, but Orlov looks more like an NHLer than some of the other guys who’ve been playing. He just needs to get some steady work now that he’s fully recovered from last year’s injuries. Dima wasn’t tentative at all tonight, like he was in preseason, so the time in the AHL definitely benefited him.New York is a team that in recent years has given the Caps trouble because of their speed and a struggling Islanders club gave it all they had tonight, making it difficult for the Caps to put them away. Then it sure looked like Washington had handed the game to New York before Backstrom, Oveckhin, and company snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.There are no style points in the NHL, two points is two points.But the way the Caps came back and showed mental resolve makes this victory feel like more than two points.Time will tell if this kind of come back victory is one that propels Washington to improved play and a long winning streak, but for tonight, I’ll just leave you with a classic line from Baltimore broadcasting legend Chuck Thompson.Ain’t The Beer Cold!last_img read more