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Celebrating Backstrom’s Capitals-record four postseason OT winners

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, celebrates his goal during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nicklas Backstrom may be the greatest playmaker in Washington Capitals history, but the club’s all-time assists leader also knows a thing or two about goal scoring.

In February, Backstrom became the fifth player in franchise history to record 200 career goals; and by the end of the regular season, Backstrom had his third consecutive 20-goal campaign for the first time in his career.

Backstrom has also shown a knack for scoring big goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. On Saturday, he scored twice, including the game-winning goal at 11:53 of overtime, as the Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5 of their first-round series.

The OT game-winning goal was Backstrom’s franchise-record fourth career postseason OT winner and gave the Capitals a 3-games-to-2 series lead over Columbus. Game 6 is Monday night at Nationwide Arena (7:30 p.m.; WFED 1500AM).

Backstrom now has six career postseason game-winning goals in any fashion (regulation or overtime), which moves him into a four-way tie for the most in team history. Peter Bondra, Jason Chimera and Alex Ovechkin also have six career postseason game-winning goals with the Capitals.

But it’s the overtime winners where Backstrom sits alone atop the franchise leader board.

Below is a look at each of Backstrom’s four career postseason overtime winners:

April 17, 2010: Round 1; Game 2 (Series Tied 1-1)

Capitals 6 — Canadiens 5 (OT)

Backstrom capped off his first career postseason hat-trick with the game-winning goal in overtime as the Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in OT in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Backstrom beat Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak at 0:31 of OT as the Capitals overcame a 4-1 second-period deficit to tie their first-round series at a game apiece. Rookie John Carlson tied the game with 1:21 remaining in regulation with his first career postseason goal.

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April 14, 2012: Round 1; Game 2 (Series Tied 1-1)

Capitals 2 — Bruins 1 (2OT)

Backstrom beat Tim Thomas at 2:56 of double overtime as the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals from TD Garden.

Rookie Braden Holtby made 43 saves for his first career postseason win as the Capitals tied the first-round series at a game apiece. Washington went on to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins in seven games, with all seven games decided by one goal.

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April 21, 2015: Round 1; Game 4 (Series Tied 2-2)

Capitals 2 — Islanders 1 (OT)

Backstrom again victimized Jaroslav Halak in overtime, this time with Halak manning the crease for the New York Islanders. Backstrom and Ovechkin had a goal and an assist each as the Capitals beat the Islanders 2-1 in OT with Backstrom scoring at 11:09 of the extra session to even the series at two games apiece. The Capitals went on to win the series in seven games.

Backstrom established a new franchise record with his third career postseason OT winner, one clear of Dino Ciccarelli and Joe Juneau.

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April 21, 2018: Round 1; Game 5 (Capitals Lead 3-2)

Capitals 4 — Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

Playing in his 101st career postseason game — one clear of Dale Hunter and Kelly Miller for the second most in franchise history — Backstrom delivered with two goals and an assist, including the OT winner as the Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime.

Backstrom beat two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky with the OT winner at 11:53 of the fourth period, redirecting a point shot from defenseman Dmitry Orlov. Backstrom’s game-winning goal gave the Capitals a 3-games-to-2 series lead over Columbus.

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Trotz: With chance to clinch series, Caps need ‘Killer Instinct’ in Game 6

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, celebrates his winning goal with T.J. Oshie (77) in overtime of Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series as Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) skates by, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON — For the fourth time in as many years, the Washington Capitals lead their first-round series 3-games-to-2 and have a chance to close it out on the road in Game 6.

In 2015, the Capitals dropped Game 6 against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, before returning home and winning Game 7 at Verizon Center.

In 2016, the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center as Braden Holtby posted a 26-save shutout in the series-clinching win.

Last season, the Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime in Game 6 with Marcus Johansson accounting for both Washington goals at the Air Canada Centre.

Head coach Barry Trotz is hopeful that the most recent experience of closing out a first-round series on the road in Game 6 can repeat Monday when the Capitals visit the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 at Nationwide Arena.

Nicklas Backstrom’s game-winning goal at 11:53 of overtime in Game 5 Saturday gave the Capitals a 3-2 series lead.

“If you have a chance to eliminate a team, you have to have that killer instinct,” Trotz said on a conference call with reporters Sunday morning. “You have to have that ability to close out a team.”

Although the Capitals eliminated the Maple Leafs in Game 6 on the road last spring, closing out a series hasn’t always come easy for the Capitals in the Alex Ovechkin era. Since 2008, the Capitals are 6-16 with their opponent facing elimination.

“It’s the toughest game to win because the other team is desperate,” Trotz said of the potential series clincher. “Their backs are against the wall. They’re going to give their absolute max effort tomorrow and we’ve got to make sure we have a max effort. If we do that, then we have a chance to win in Columbus.”

With a win in Game 6 Monday, the Capitals would advance to Round 2 despite dropping the first two games against the Blue Jackets. The Capitals have rallied from two games down twice before in franchise history, erasing 3-1 series deficits in the 1988 Patrick Division Semifinals against the Flyers and in the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Rangers.

“You want to get on to the next series as quick as you can,” Trotz said, “because the next series comes up very quickly on you and you need to recover and you need a mental break as well.”

If necessary, Game 7 against Columbus would at Capital One Arena on Wednesday. Entering this postseason, 10 of the 15 playoff series the Capitals have played in the Alex Ovechkin have gone the distance.

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Va. State Police dedicate helipad to trooper killed in chopper crash during Charlottesville protest

WASHINGTON — A helipad at the Virginia State Police administrative headquarters in Chesterfield County now bears the name of one of its own officers.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined some 200 people Wednesday to dedicate the Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates Helipad. It was named in memory of Berke M.M. Bates.

Bates and Lt. H. Jay Cullen were in a helicopter assisting law enforcement officers monitor the clashes in Charlottesville last August when they crashed.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Gary T. Settle said in a statement that he hopes that the helipad will serve as a “lasting tribute to Berke’s incredible spirit and legacy.”

Bates, 40, was born in Manassas, Virginia. He became a trooper-pilot with the state police in July 2017, a news release said.

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Va. State Police dedicate helipad to trooper killed in chopper crash during Charlottesville protest

WASHINGTON — A helipad at the Virginia State Police administrative headquarters in Chesterfield County now bears the name of one of its own officers.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined some 200 people Wednesday to dedicate the Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates Helipad. It was named in memory of Berke M.M. Bates.

Bates and Lt. H. Jay Cullen were in a helicopter assisting law enforcement officers monitor the clashes in Charlottesville last August when they crashed.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Gary T. Settle said in a statement that he hopes that the helipad will serve as a “lasting tribute to Berke’s incredible spirit and legacy.”

Bates, 40, was born in Manassas, Virginia. He became a trooper-pilot with the state police in July 2017, a news release said.

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Local governments nominate ‘Opportunity Zones’ for federal tax breaks

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D.C. United’s Audi Field remains under construction ahead of team’s inaugural home match on July 14. (Juan Herrera/Capital News Service)

WASHINGTON — D.C., Maryland and Virginia have nominated locations, that if accepted by the U.S. Treasury Department, would become “Opportunity Zones,” which would be eligible for tax breaks designed to help develop struggling neighborhoods.

The $1.5 billion “Opportunity Zone” program received bipartisan support when it was introduced as part of the 2017 federal tax overhaul. Its aim, according to supporters, is to allow investors to take advantage of big breaks on federal capital gains taxes by investing in small businesses and housing in lower-income communities.

In Maryland, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development selected 149 zones, which included several in Montgomery County. One area is a stretch of Rockville Pike, between Twinbrook Parkway and Rockville Town Center. It’s only a block away from White Flint, an area Amazon is reportedly considering for its second headquarters. Areas in White Oak, Silver Spring and Wheaton also were nominated.

In Prince George’s County, tracts selected include areas near the University of Maryland College Park, MGM National Harbor and FedEx Field.

“I’m excited to establish these zones and further leverage private, nonprofit and public sector funds, providing new opportunities for housing, retail and business growth to fuel the state’s economic engine and create jobs,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt in a statement.

In the District, 25 areas were selected in the city’s eight wards, and 17 of them are in Wards 7 and 8. Others include Buzzard Point near DC United’s Audi Field in Ward 6, and an area near Howard University in Ward 1.

“With feedback from our residents and stakeholders, we are moving forward with a program that offers another tool for us to drive investment in every corner of D.C. and put more Washingtonians on pathways to the middle class,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in the city’s announcement of the Opportunity Zone nominations.

Virginia chose 212 Opportunity Zones for nomination. In Northern Virginia, those areas include neighborhoods near Dulles International Airport and others along Route 7 and Interstate 395.

“Opportunity Zones are an important federal tool to spur vitality in economic growth in communities across Virginia and we are committed to using them fully in this administration,” said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in a statement.

Supporters from both sides of the political aisle believe the program will revitalize neighborhoods and improve local economies.

But some critics, such as Andy Looney, a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy center, part of the Brookings Institution, allege the program includes few policies which could keep current residents in their neighborhoods and provide more low-and-middle-income housing. Looney said it’s unclear if low-income residents will benefit from the program or be forced to move out as their neighborhood gentrifies.


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Parkway Classic Run to close part of GW Parkway

WASHINGTON — The southern end of the George Washington Parkway, between Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria, will be closed on Sunday morning due to the Pacers Running Parkway Classic 10 mile run.

The race begins at 8 a.m. but closures will begin as early as 6 a.m. along the route from Mount Vernon to Franklin Street in Alexandria.

As runners clear the course, sections of the Parkway will be reopened. The entire Parkway will be reopened no later than 11 a.m., said Kayla Nicolay, a member of the race management team.

The run starts at George Washington’s home on the southern end of the Parkway and follows the Potomac northward to Old Town.

Runners are expected to maintain a 15-minute per mile pace, or else they will be picked up by a support vehicle.

It’s the 34th year of the event, and about 7,000 runners are expected to participate. The 10-mile course will draw 5,000 runners, while the remainder will do the 5-kilometer route, which goes from Belle Haven Park to Old Town.

Both events share the same finish line at Oronoco Street.

The race’s top 10-mile male and female finishers win $500 a piece.

The course records were set in 2007, with the male winner clocking 47 minutes, 30 seconds and the female winner covering 10 miles in 55 minutes, 39 seconds.

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In the wake of ‘me Too,’ Fairfax Co. walk makes new strides

FAIRFAX, Va. — Dozens came to Fairfax County’s fourth-annual Walk to End Sexual Violence to raise awareness about the issue on Saturday.

The event was just one of many Fairfax County has been holding throughout April in honor band of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Saturday’s event at the county’s government center had cornhole, a DJ, a Zumba workout and raffles to create a welcoming space for members of the community to learn about sexual violence.

The walking course was lined with posters with statistics about sexual violence. The finish line was cradled by table displays outlining the options available to those in a crisis, both inside and outside of the county government.

“We’re here to bring awareness to sexual violence and try to prevent it from occurring in the future,” said Angela Acosta, Sexual Violence Outreach Specialist in the Office of Woman and Domestic Violence Services for Fairfax County.

Some of the groups on display, like the Commission for Women, are part of the Fairfax County government. Others are programs outside of government control, like the Artemis House, a domestic violence shelter. Even programs from neighboring communities, like the Doorways, from Arlington County, were there to help those who may need it.

There were also trained counselors on hand, in case anyone at the walk was triggered by the content. The event has matured since it started four years ago.

“The first time we did it, it was on a weekday and it was just county employees,” said Acosta. “So it’s come a long way.”

Bolstering the event this year is the rise and prevalence of the “me Too” movement, which encourages sexual violence victims to speak up and the eu more open about their stories. Acosta said the movement has helped her department reach more people.

“A lot more people are open to talk about this topic,” Acosta said. “It has been, and kind of still is, a taboo subject. People just don’t want to talk about it. They hear ‘domestic violence’ or ‘sexual violence’ and they walk away from it, because they don’t believe that it happens in their homes, in their neighborhoods, in their communities. So the movement has made it a lot easier to start discussing the issue.”

Fairfax County has a number of free programs available to those in a crisis. Both individual counseling and support groups are available, and trained staff can help direct victims to help with groups outside the government if that better suits their needs.

Anyone facing sexual or domestic violence can also call the 24-hour hotline at 703-360-7273. From there, staff members and trained volunteers can intervene in a crisis and help sort out a plan for callers to get the services they need.

However, for those in a crisis, making the call can be the hardest part. Acosta said there are they attempt to help get loved ones the assistance they need.

“Please start by believing say, that’s very important,” Acosta said. “Thank say for telling you and opening up to you, because it is not an easy thing to talk about. And just provide support for them in whatever way is possible.”

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Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist’s Va. home

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Protesters are targeting the northern Virginia home of the National Rifle Association’s top lobbyist and say the protests will continue.

In one case, court records show Patricia Hill of Lincoln, Nebraska, has been charged with misdemeanor destruction of property outside the home of NRA lobbyist Chris Cox.

Alexandria Police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said Friday there were two separate incidents stretching back to last fall.

A court hearing has been scheduled for May 21.

Protesters also conducted a confrontational but peaceful protest April 10 outside Cox’s home as well as his wife’s nearby decorating business.

Libby Locke, a lawyer for the Cox family, said the vandalism included spraying fake blood and defacing the home with stickers.

“The Cox family does not view these activities as a peaceable protest exercise,” Locke said in a statement. “These coordinated tactics have crossed the line of civility and human decency.”

Nosal said a city ordinance is in place regulating protests outside private homes, but said the commonwealth’s attorney is reviewing the law’s constitutionality.

Catherine Koebel of Roanoke, Virginia, and Amanda Gailey, a professor with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, representing the Great Gun Melt, stood outside Cox’s home with a sign reading “Chris Cox profits off dead kids.” They handed out fliers urging a consumer protest of his wife’s business.

Koebel said the police were called out twice to the protest but told Gailey and Koebel they weren’t doing anything illegal.

Koebel said Courtney Cox, Chris Cox’s wife, grabbed a cellphone from her hand and threw it to the ground, injuring Koebel’s hand in the process. She said she is considering pressing charges through a magistrate.

Locke said Courtney Cox denies causing any injury to Koebel.

Koebel acknowledged that the protests are confrontational, but said the tactic is warranted under the circumstances.

“He’s profiting off murders and suicides,” Koebel said of Cox. She accused the NRA of encouraging its supporters to use armed intimidation as a political tactic.

Locke said the sign saying Cox profits from dead children is “false, grotesque and clearly designed to target and intimidate the Cox family at their private residence.”

Koebel said she expects the protests at the Cox home to continue.

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Higher parking meter rates set for approval in Arlington

WASHINGTON — Arlington County first responders will get pay raises, parking meter rates will rise and a number of proposed funding streams will change in the budget set to be approved by the County Board Saturday.

The pay increases for most uniformed members of the police, fire and sheriff’s departments, while less for the year starting July 1, will total about $10 to $12 million in the following budget year, Board Chair Katie Cristol said.

One question is expected to be more contentious Saturday: how much of a $10 million rent abatement tied to the Courthouse Plaza construction project should be shifted to other budget priorities such as school funding instead.

Board members restored some money Thursday that was set to be cut from the long-term Lee Highway planning process and reiterated their call for the revitalization and development effort to focus on the entire corridor from East Falls Church to Rosslyn.

“If it looks like there’s a big pot of money that we can touch with no consequences, it’s probably too good to be true,” Cristol said at the final budget markup Thursday night.

Moving forward, the county is considering service cutbacks in future years as more general fund money goes to Metro, schools and debt service.

While there will be no property tax rate increase this year, the county is extending parking meter hours two extra hours each day, until 8 p.m., along with a parking rate increase of 25 cents per hour.

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Virginia student rally against gun violence draws 300

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia students had expected to bring 10,000 people to the State Capitol as part of a nationwide protest against school violence. The event ended up drawing only about 300, but students said they weren’t discouraged.

The National School Walkout Friday was organized after the February shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 students and faculty members dead. It was held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

Richmond-area students walked out of school at 10 a.m., then gathered on Brown’s Island for a voter registration drive, then marched to the State Capitol, where they were joined by Gov. Ralph Northam and others.

Student Nate Fenerty registered to vote at tables set up at the protest, and said he wants Congress to approve mandatory background checks for gun buyers.

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