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After heroics in Buffalo on Saturday night garnered them two huge points, the Washington Capitals turned right around on Sunday night and blew a late two goal lead to the Flyers and ended up losing in overtime, 5-4, in Philadelphia.It was a gut wrenching defeat given that the tying tally came with 10 seconds left after the Caps were called for an iffy icing call. Nonetheless, Washington failed to win a late defensive zone draw and Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen bombed one in through traffic before Ruslan Fedotenko won it in overtime on a Caps defensive breakdown.Defensive breakdown. Those are two big words for this Capitals team and it has been something that has plagued them all season long. No matter how good things are going or if they have the momentum, they somehow seem to find a way to make a mistake in their own end that allows the puck to eventually end up in the back of their own net. It is a maddening event that continues to occur with this 2013 Caps club.You can call it bad luck, but I label it lack of attention to detail. This Caps team did a good job of learning to play in their own side of the rink last season under coach Dale Hunter, but somewhere along the way in their quest for more offense under Coach Adam Oates they’ve lost that ability this season. Maybe it’s the departures of a solid two way player in Alex Semin and Dennis Wideman on the back end, but whatever the case, this team seems to have forgotten how to cover their opponents inside their own blue line? And doing that leads to bad results in hockey, for the most part, thus the 16-17-2 record Washington now posseses with just 13 games remaining.What is even more discouraging is that this poor defensive zone play isn’t coming against the better clubs in the league. In their last four games the Caps have no regulation wins against Eastern Conference squads that are in the bottom eight of the conference in the Rangers, the Islanders, the Sabres, and Philadelphia. This at a time when Washington is trying to put together a late surge to make it into the post season.It is frustrating because at times this Capitals team really looks good, poised to click and go on a run. After a clean hit by Steve Oleksy on Claude Giroux resulted in the Flyers Jakub Voracek acting like an idiot and jumping #61, the Caps received a four minute power play early in period three. Despite struggling on their first four power plays of the game, including a nearly full two minute five on three, the Caps finally made Philadelphia pay for its thuggery and buffoonery by scoring two times (Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin) to take what appeared to be a commanding 4-2 lead. Even though there were still 13 minutes left, it should have been game over.But Washington couldn’t close, they failed on another power play attempt and then Troy Brouwer took a bad penalty. Giroux scored on the power play and the Caps were on their heels most of the last seven minutes before the dam finally gave way.It was a crushing loss on a night they should have had two points, yet they pick up only one.What makes it even worse is it came against the hated Flyers, and that does not make Capitals fans feel good at all.Notes: Washington’s last game before Wednesday’s trade deadline is Tuesday in Carolina. The Caps need to win that game if they want to win the division and make the playoffs…Defensemen Jeff Schultz played for the second straight game while Dmitry Orlov curiously sat in back to back tilts…the Caps won the faceoff battle, 32-25 with Jay Beagle going 6-0. Unfortunately due to the apparently erroneous icing call, Oates couldn’t put Beagle on for the critical late draw that the Caps lost just before the tying tally…Ovechkin now has points in eight straight games and he has 18 goals in 35 games, putting him at a 40+ goal pace in a normal season…the Capitals were 2 for 7 on the power play while the Flyers went 1 for 4.
NASCAR starting lineup at Charlotte: William Byron wins pole, field set for Bank of America ROVAL 400NASCAR starting lineup at Charlotte: William Byron wins pole, field set for Bank of America ROVAL 400
William Byron is in great position to stick around for the second round of the playoffs after he won his fifth pole of the year and will start first at the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday.This is Byron’s fifth pole in 65 career starts, and sitting in 12th in the Cup Standings, the 21-year-old has a great shot to punch his ticket to the next round in his second season. What channel is the Bank of America ROVAL 400 on?The Bank of America ROVAL 400 will be broadcast nationally on NBC. The race also can be livestreamed on the NBC Sports App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Bank of America ROVAL 400 schedule, how to watchHere’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Bank of America ROVAL 400:(All times Eastern)Saturday, Sept. 2811:05 a.m.Cup Series second practiceNBC Sports App12:10 p.m.Xfinity Series qualifyingNBCSN/NBC Sports App/2 p.m.Cup Series final practiceNBCSN/NBC Sports App/PRN3:30 p.m.Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250NBCSN/NBC Sports AppSunday, Sept. 292:30 p.m.Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400NBC/NBC Sports App/PRN Retweet to congratulate @WilliamByron on earning the #BuschPole for Sunday’s race at @CLTMotorSpdwy!#NASCARPlayoffs | @TeamHendrick pic.twitter.com/ZPrHsGm38S— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 27, 2019″I knew we could qualify top 5, but I was really wanting a pole and really kind of went out there and got it,” Byron said. “So, really proud of this Unifirst team, it’s going to be great to start up front.”Clint Bowyer had some issues with his engine in qualifying, but sitting in 14th in the standings he earned a fifth-place starting position and is also in good shape heading into Sunday. Now we’ll see how his car works then too. Related News NASCAR playoff standings 2019: Updated points for Cup chase after the Federated Auto Parts 400 Kurt Busch (23rd) and Erik Jones (15th) will have some work to do this weekend as they sit 15th and 16th, respectively, in the Cup Series standings in the final race of the first round of NASCAR’s playoffs.NASCAR at Charlotte starting lineup, qualifying resultsStartingDriverNumberNo. 1William Byron24No. 2Alex Bowman88No. 3Joey Logano22No. 4Jimmie Johnson48No. 5Clint Bowyer14No. 6Kevin Harvick4No. 7Kyle Larson42No. 8Martin Truex Jr.19No. 9Ryan Blaney12No. 10Paul Menard21No. 11Brad Keselowski2No. 12Chris Buescher37No. 13Daniel Suarez41No. 14Ryan Preece47No. 15Erik Jones20No. 16Aric Almirola10No. 17Kyle Busch18No. 18Matt DiBenedetto95No. 19Chase Elliott9No. 20Daniel Hemric8No. 21Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17No. 22Michael McDowell34No. 23Kurt Busch1No. 24Ryan Newman6No. 25Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43No. 26Corey Lajoie32No. 27David Ragan38No. 28Denny Hamlin11No. 29Ty Dillon13No. 30Austin Dillon3No. 31Cody Ware51No. 32Landon Cassill00No. 33Timmy Hill66No. 34Josh Bilicki53No. 35Garrett Smithley52No. 36Matt Tifft36No. 37Ross Chastain15No. 38Reed Sorenson77No. 39Joe Nemechek27No. 40Parker Kligerman96What time does the Bank of America ROVAL 400 start?The Bank of America ROVAL 400 will take place Sunday, Sept. 29. Live coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita At Suns 112, Warriors 99 Steve Nash had 20 points and 16 assists and Phoenix won for the eighth time in 10 games. Shawn Marion had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Boris Diaw scored 20 for the Suns, whose only losses in the last 10 games both came in triple-overtime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We knew it was going to be a fun one,” said Detroit point guard Chauncey Billups, who finished with 14 assists. “I personally wanted to get ‘Sheed aggressive. When our big men are aggressive, we get buckets in the paint. We’re just really difficult to play.” The win gives Detroit a sweep of the season series between the teams. SAN ANTONIO – The Detroit Pistons returned to the site of their most painful defeat and handed the defending NBA champions another lopsided loss. Rasheed Wallace scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Detroit to a 83-68 victory Thursday night over the Spurs in the Pistons’ first visit to San Antonio since losing Game 7 of the NBA finals last June.