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2010 DC sports year in review: great regular season for Caps, not much else to cheer about

January 7, 2011

Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 in his major league debut in 2010. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

2010 was another typical year for D.C. area sports teams. That is to say, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about, other than a great regular season by the Capitals and some above-average seasons by local college teams.

2011 may end up being brighter for the Redskins, Capitals, Nationals, Wizards, D.C. United, Maryland and Georgetown, but first Examiner.com takes a look back at the year in D.C. sports that was 2010.

Redskins

It was a disappointing debut for coach Mike Shanahan, whose Redskins finished 6-10, losing seven of their last nine games.  Shanahan traded a second and a fourth-round pick to Philadelphia for Donovan McNabb, who had his worst season since his rookie year.

Capitals

The Caps won the President’s Trophy for the most points in the NHL during the regular season, but then crashed and burned in the playoffs, losing to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in seven games.

Nationals

The Nats finished with a losing record (69-93) for the fifth time in their six-season existence.  Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg did not disappoint, striking out 14 in his major league debut en route to a record of 5-3 and an ERA of 2.91 with 92 strikeouts in 68 innings.

To read the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.

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Montreal Canadiens edge top-seeded Washington Capitals 3-2 in OT in playoff opener

April 17, 2010

The Montreal Canadiens surprised the Washington Capitals with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 of their best-of-seven playoff series Thursday night at Verizon Center.

Tomas Plekanec beat Jose Theodore 13:19 into overtime during a three-on-two break for the game-winner.

Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak made 45 saves to lead the Habs past the league’s highest scoring team in just his second playoff start and, incredibly, Montreal held MVP candidate Alexander Ovechkin without a shot.

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Ovechkin and Washington Capitals edge Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins in shootout, 4-3

March 28, 2010

Washington defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in a shootout in a marquee matchup of the two best players in the NHL and two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

In front of a raucous Verizon Center crowd, the Capitals overcame a 2-1 deficit, played the Penguins to a draw in a faced-paced overtime, and came back in the shootout to outlast their rivals.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.