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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Morning pixels: Biggest game of the season


Just how big is Tuesday night’s Caps game against the Buffalo Sabres?

“Arguably the most important regular season game the Verizon Center has seen since the 2007 season finale,” Sick, Unbelievable wrote.

“It could be argued that the Sabres game is the most important regular season contest the Capitals have played since March 2008,” Tarik wrote.

“This game — if they do win, and if it propels them into the playoffs — could be right up there with the biggest games in team history,” Buffalo Sabres Nation wrote, of the visitors.

Indeed, the two teams are tied for the eighth spot in the East; both have six games remaining. But the funniest part of the gird-your-spleen rhetoric? This is the second time the Caps have played the biggest-game-of-the-season in five days. Remember when the Jets visited D.C.?

“Alex Ovechkin is calling it “probably the biggest game of the year.”
Troy Brouwer echoed those sentiments, calling it “maybe a make-or-break game in our season.”

The Caps lost that game, but the season wasn’t broken. And with the brutal schedule Buffalo has remaining, the Caps would almost certainly have a chance to overtake the Sabres again even if they lose tonight. So there could certainly be several more biggest games in forever over the next two weeks.

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
* Roger Goodell said Monday that the league has not stopped investigating allegations that the Washington Redskins and other teams besides the New Orleans Saints had bounty programs when Gregg Williams coached for them.

* For the third time in their past three home games, the Wizards gave up a double-digit second-half lead and lost. “How many times?” Randy Wittman asked. “If you keep running into the same guy and he keeps punching you in the face, you’re going to learn to get your hands up aren’t you?”

* Tarik El-Bashir on Alex Ovechkin’s resurgence: “Whatever the reason for Ovechkin’s apparent return to form, it’s time to temporarily suspend the search for answers. It’s time to enjoy the ride.”

* John Lannan, fifth starter. “John’s my guy,” Davey Johnson said.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT
After the Wizards lost at home to the Pistons, Trevor Booker dropped this absolute bombshell:

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Michael Jenkins passed along this Steve Buckhantz gem, as the Wizards were wilting:

“Washington bails out Detroit again.”

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Comcast SportsNet provided this fascinating 20-second clip of Mike Shanahan flirting with Robert Griffin III at his pro day.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Michael Phelps sat courtside at the Wizards game, and then posed for this photo with John Wall. It comes via the Wizards’ official Twitter feed.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Not sure if you’ve heard, but the Caps have their biggest game of the season tonight. It’s on CSN at 7. After that, the Maryland women play top-seeded Notre Dame at 9 on ESPN. All TV/Radio listings are here.

OTHER STUFF
* Despite Sam Cassell’s son indicating on Twitter that he was headed to Maryland, Sam Cassell tells Ben Standig that “he’s considering Maryland. Maryland is still one of his top schools, but it’s not guaranteed that he’s going there. This is coming from his father, not one of his friends.”

* Via Tony Grossi, “Does it matter to [Bruce] Allen or coach Mike Shanahan which quarterback falls to them? “Nope,” Allen said.

* Mike Florio was on 106.7 The Fan talking about the salary-cap penalties against the Redskins and Cowboys. “This is a dirty deal, done in a back room, without even Jerry Jones knowing when he was on the executive committee,” he said. “It just stinks to high heaven.”

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Categories:  Caps, Nats, Redskins, Wizards, Terps | Tags:  Sam Cassell, Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Allen, John Lanan, Mike Florio, John Wall, Michael Phelps, Trevor Booker, Steve Buckhantz

 
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