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Capitals’ season ends with another OT loss in Game 6 to the Panthers

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Caps’ season ends with another OT loss in Game 6 to Panthers originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As it turned out, the Capitals made one too many mistakes against the Florida Panthers in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series. And it was too much to overcome against the Presidents’ Trophy winners.

The Capitals lost 4-3 on Friday in overtime of Game 6 in a heartbreaking loss that sent them packing in the first round for the fourth consecutive season.

They’d played well in the series, and at various points of the series appeared to control the play, but blew leads in Games 4, 5 and 6 and couldn’t recover from three straight such defeats.

As a result, the Capitals have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here are a few takeaways from their last game of the season:

Capitals eliminated

The Capitals were eliminated with the loss, the fourth straight season that they’ve failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs. They have still yet to win a round since their Stanley Cup Final victory in 2018.

They pushed in Game 6, but were unable to overcome the loss of Tom Wilson and blown leads against the high-powered Panthers offense.

Now, the offseason will commence with questions aplenty about the future of the team and what’s next for a team that certainly isn’t getting any younger.

Verhaeghe plays the hero in overtime

The Capitals lost in overtime as Carter Verhaeghe scored just 2:46 into the extra period. It came on a broken play where the Capitals couldn’t get the puck out of their own zone. It was Verhaeghe’s sixth goal of the playoffs. Not bad for a player who was a game-time decision because of injury, but had a wonderful series.

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Capitals blow another lead, rally late

The Capitals yet again allowed the league’s best offense and best comeback team to rally. They blew leads in Games 4, 5 and 6 and it cost them the series as a result.

Washington were up 2-1 but Claude Giroux answered a Nicklas Backstrom goal in the third period to tie it 2-2. Giroux beat goalie Ilya Samsonov five-hole on a rush up the ice.

Then a few moments later, Aleksander Barkov put the Panthers up 3-2. He beat Samsonov with 5:43 left to play off a rebound chance. T.J. Oshie tied the game with 63 seconds left to play to force overtime, but the Capitals couldn’t build on that momentum.

Dowd breaks the ice in the second

The Capitals got on the board first with a Nic Dowd tally early in the second period. It was a goal they’d needed badly to get the Capital One Arena crowd into the game and take some pressure off themselves for a few moments while facing elimination.

The goal was Dowd’s first of the series, and it took some extra attention to make sure it went in.

At first, his shot hit the post and bounced in front of Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in front of the net. Everyone on the ice stopped except Dowd, who buried the rebound to put the Capitals ahead.

In the third period, Dowd hit the post and the Panthers went the other way and scored the leading goal from Barkov.

Lomberg ties it in the second

The Panthers rallied less than three minutes after Dowd’s goal to tie the game with a Ryan Lomberg tally. It turned out to be a big one, as they stole momentum from the Capitals early. He scored while Dowd’s goa was still being announced to the crowd.

Lomberg, playing his first game since Game 1, scored on a rebound to immediately seize momentum back from the Capitals and tie the game in the second period. In a matter of minutes, both team’s fourth lines put them on the scoreboard.

From there, the Capitals held on as the Panthers controlled the play to end the period. But after 40 minutes, the game was still tied 1-1.

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Miami football first three game times announced including Texas AM primetime

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Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The first three 2022 Miami football games have been announced. Miami will open the season by hosting Bethune-Cookman at 3:30 p.m on the ACC Network. In week two Miami will host Southern Mississippi at noon on the ACC Network. Miami will play its first road game at Texas A&M in week three at 9 PM on ESPN.

The Hurricanes game at the Aggies kickoff time could be pushed back that night. Mississippi State plays at LSU at a 6 PM on ESPN prior to Miami and Texas A&M. Miami returns home to conclude non-conference play against Middle Tennessee State on September 24. The MTSU kickoff will be announced later.

Miami leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 2-1. The Hurricanes won the most recent games in 2007 and 2008. Miami will be playing Middle Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi for the first time. The last time Bethune-Cookman and Miami played was in 2019 in a game that was the first win for Manny Diaz.

The entire 2022 Miami football schedule will be played on Saturdays. Miami is at Clemson on November 19. That is the game most likely on the remainder of the Miami football schedule to be played in primetime. Miami opens ACC play against North Carolina on October 8 following a bye week.

The remainder of the 2022 Miami football schedule is October 15 at Virginia Tech, October 22 versus Duke, October 29 at Virginia, November 5 against Florida State November 12 at Georgia Tech and November 26 against Pittsburgh. Miami has an entirely new non-conference schedule in 2022 from their 2021 opponents.

This could be the last season the ACC plays with divisions. The NCAA ruled earlier this month that divisions are not required to play conference championship games. Miami was second in the ACC Coastal Division in 2021 with a 7-5 record overall and 5-3 in the ACC. Miami gave ACC Champion Pittsburgh its only 2021 loss.

The Hurricanes will be seeking to avenge losses to Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia. With all three games at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami should be favored versus FSU, UNC and UVA in 2022. In the inaugural season with Mario Cristobal as the head coach, Miami should receive a lot of attention nationally.

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WWE’s Gable Steveson reportedly wants to return to Minnesota Gophers amateur wrestling

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Gable Steveson might not be done with amateur wrestling.

According to TwinCities Pioneer Press, although Steveson said that last season would be the end of his amateur wrestling days, he has one year of NCAA eligibility remaining and he is looking into possibly coming back for the Gophers’ 2022-23 season.

Gophers wrestling coach Brandon Eggum said, “I know he would like to wrestle, and he loves competing.” He added, “It would have to be something he works out with the WWE and Vince McMahon.”

Eggum said that the details have to be ironed out. No word yet on how this will play out with WWE. Steveson is under a multi-year WWE contract and the company has high hopes for him to become a star somewhere on the level of Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar.

He got a big introduction last year at SummerSlam and was introduced by Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania in Dallas. There was talk that he would start on the Raw roster after Mania but he has yet to get into the mix.

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CM Punk mocks WWE’s decision to move Money In The Bank PPV to a smaller building

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As was noted earlier, WWE has moved the Money In The Bank show from Allegiant Stadium to the much smaller MGM Grand Arena, thus canceling out hopes to turn Money In The Bank into one of the “big 5” shows as far as ticket sales.

CM Punk took to Twitter to mock WWE’s decision by including a photo of Sgt. Slaughter and Hulk Hogan from WrestleMania VII advertising. Punk is referring to WWE moving Mania VII from the LA Coliseum to the smaller Los Angeles Sports Arena. Ticket sales were nowhere near close to selling out and it was reported at the time in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE was claiming that they moved to a different building because of bomb threats due to the heated angle between Slaughter and Hogan. The Observer noted that the ticket sales were actually to blame. Low ticket sales are likely to blame in this case as well.

The latest update on Money In The Bank ticket sales (via WrestleTix’s Patreon) is that WWE had Allegiant Stadium set up for 27,114 tickets. As of May 20, they had sold just 19,594 tickets. Allegiant Stadium can hold around 65,000 fans for NFL games and likely more than that for a wrestling event.

CM Punk making fun of WWE moving out of the stadium and into a smaller venue for MITB. When this happened in 1991 for WrestleMania VII, WWE said the move to the smaller building was because of bomb threats. pic.twitter.com/48mdO7Ra85

— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 27, 2022

CM Punk making fun of WWE moving out of the stadium and into a smaller venue for MITB. When this happened in 1991 for WrestleMania VII, WWE said the move to the smaller building was because of bomb threats. pic.twitter.com/48mdO7Ra85

— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 27, 2022

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