You guys, something magical happened Wednesday. The three major Washington DC area teams that are playing right now — the Washington Capitals, the Washington Wizards, and Washington Nationals — all won their games on April 19. Two of those teams, the Caps and the Wizards, won first-round playoff games.
Someone pinch me, I must be dreaming. DC is actually rising.
Two days after a disheartening 4-3 overtime loss to the Leafs, the Capitals came out strong early, tallying four goals in the first period. Buoyed by two-goal performances by Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie, the Caps also received a tally from future hall of famer Alex Ovechkin in the victory. The goal was Ovechkin’s 44th in 88 career playoff games. The Capitals will now return to Washington for Game Five on Friday. The series is tied 2-2.
With owner Ted Leonsis court-side, John Wall And Bradley Beal combined for 63 points in the Wizards 109-101 victory over the Hawks. It was the duo’s most-ever in a playoff game. Wall earned ‘MVP’ chants from the Verizon Center crowd while contributing 32 points and nine assists. Wall’s dish to Beal for a key 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining sealed the win for the hosts.
“When he shoots it,” Wall said, “it’s game over.”
Wall also had this savage moment during the game.
John Wall is a savage pic.twitter.com/Vhj2Bc8lUj
— HoopMixtape (@HoopMixOnly) April 20, 2017
The Washington Nationals collected a season-high 20 hits in their 14-4 victory over the Braves. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman also clubbed grand slams, marking the first time that feat has been accomplished in the same game since 2009. Harper also added a solo shot in the first inning, marking his 12th multi home run game of his career. According to MLB.com, the Nationals are 31-9 against the Braves since the start of the 2015 season.
Other notes: The perfect 3-0 day is just another accomplishment in the DC sports scene. Two weeks ago, the Capitals and Wizards won division titles in the same year for the first time ever.
Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles also won, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 7 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out three. It was his first win of 2017.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 20, 2017
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 20, 2017
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