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D.C.: Still in a pandemic

Hockey

The GIST: Spirit defender Emily Sonnet is brightening our day with her skilled moves. The Wizards and Capitals? Not so much.

January 25, 2021
Source: Darren Abate/AP Photo
Source: Darren Abate/AP Photo

๐Ÿ€Wizards: For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Wizards finally played a game. They surprisingly hung with the San Antonio Spurs through three quarters, but ultimately fell 121โ€“101 last night. To be fair, the loss was expected due to rust and six players still out under health and safety protocols. 

  • On the (sort of) bright side, Russell Westbrook returned from a quad injury for his first game since January 8th, but only shot 3 of 11 from the field. Tuesdayโ€™s game against the Houston Rockets โ€” the first time since the trade that Westbrook and former Wizard John Wall play their old teams โ€” should be interesting.

๐Ÿ’Capitals: The Caps seem to love overtime and shootouts, but our poor nerves do not. The undermanned Caps lost 4โ€“3 to the Buffalo Sabres yesterday in another shootout, spoiling 20-year-old forward Connor McMichaelโ€™s NHL debut. Still, itโ€™s a point. Weโ€™ll take it.

Given their limited personnel, the Caps are faring alright on the ice. Due to COVID-19 protocols, four players โ€” including forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov โ€” are ruled out for at least two more games. Sigh.