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If there is a mantra being whispered around the Washington Capitals camp?this fall it is this: If not now, when? And the answer is, If not now, then look out.The Caps are coming off a dominating regular season during which they won the Presidents Trophy by an 11-point margin over the Western Conference leader?Dallas Stars.? Washington finished 16 points ahead of the second-place?Pittsburgh Penguins?in the Metropolitan Division. Unfortunately for the Capitals, a familiar playoff scenario played out when they were knocked off by the Pens, the eventual Stanley Cup champions, in six games in the second round.You can make an argument we were right there with them the whole way, general manager Brian MacLellan said in a recent interview. Anything can happen in the playoffs. Thats life. But, as MacLellan acknowledged, for a Capitals team that has never won a Stanley Cup and hasnt been to the conference finals since 1998 (which is also the only time theyve reached a Cup finals), its a painfully familiar storyline.Its a never-ending narrative with us. But I like where were at, he said.Best new facesMacLellan looked at his lineup, which includes the defending Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby and perennial goal-scoring champ Alex Ovechkin, and decided there wasnt much he lacked. And hes right.The big addition was third-line center Lars Eller, who was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens for a pair of draft picks. MacLellan thinks Eller has better offensive tools than he has shown thus far. He skates well, has good vision and is big and strong. Hes got a lot of great attributes, MacLellan says of the 27-year-old Dane.If he works out, the Caps will be as good as theyve ever been down the middle, where Eller will fall in behind Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, with Jay Beagle handling fourth-line pivot duties. The departure of Jason Chimera, a solid third-liner, will open up more opportunities for someone like Andre Burakovsky, who now has a chance to prove hes got a significant top end offensively.Biggest unknownsWhen youre as good as the Capitals were for so much of last season -- they were second in goals allowed and goals scored per game, fifth on the power play and second on the penalty kill -- how do you get jazzed for another 82-game grind?We see this all the time with Cup winners or teams that fall just short. They need to find motivation to stick to the game plan and play correctly in October while looking ahead to April. Of course, one assumes that getting bounced early in the playoffs will be its own motivation, but its a valid concern with a team that was as dominant as the Caps were last regular season. The biggest thing we have to guard against is [thinking, Lets just get to the playoffs right now and see what weve got, MacLellan said.Other issues: Can Ovechkin stay as durable as he has been, given his rough-and-tumble style of play? And will Kuznetsov continue his arc toward stardom after a disappointing postseason and an up-and-down World Cup of Hockey?Sure thingsWell, there are sure things, like Ovechkin challenging to win a goal-scoring title, Holtby being in the mix for a second consecutive Vezina Trophy and the Caps being very hard to play against under head coach Barry Trotz.And, yes, Washington will still light it up offensively. But the other certainty is that if there isnt success this season, next summer will be a time of great change. Wings?T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams are entering contract years, as is homegrown blueliner?Karl Alzner. MacLellan had a two-year plan for this team when he brought in Oshie and Williams last offseason to get them over the hump. One down, one to go.PredictionNobody will be sleeping on Trotzs watch, and the rest of the coaching staff, several members of which were courted by other teams looking for head coaches during the offseason, is top-notch. So dont expect much of a regular-season drop-off for a Capitals team that will once again be among the leagues finest. First in the Metropolitan Division. Nike Free Rn Flyknit 2017 . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. Nike Free Rn Flyknit Mens . 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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Hisashi Iwakumas 15th win did much more than end his four-game losing streak that dated to mid-August.It also gave Seattle a much-needed lift to start its final West Coast road trip. More importantly, it helped keep the Mariners postseason hopes alive and inched manager Scott Servais team closer to the second AL wild card spot.Iwakuma pitched into the seventh inning to match his career high with the 15 wins, and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Friday night.We all fight and play to play in the playoffs, Iwakuma said through an interpreter. As a starter I only pitch one game every five days so being that day today you want to go out and give it all you got. I was able to do that tonight.Nori Aoki and Mike Zunino homered and Nelson Cruz added an RBI double to help the Mariners move within 3 1/2 games of Baltimore and Detroit for the second wild card spot in the AL.Iwakuma (15-11) allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings to snap a four-game losing streak and become the third Japanese-born pitcher to have multiple 15-win seasons. Iwakuma, who also had 15 wins in 2014, struck out five and walked one.From the first inning he had all of his pitches working, Servais said. We got off to a pretty quick start and we kind of faded offensively so we certainly needed the pitching tonight. Everybody stepped up. It was nice to see.Aoki homered leading off the third, Zunino in the seventh.Oaklands Bruce Maxwell had three hits including an RBI double while rookie Joey Wendle singled twice. The loss eliminates the As (60-80) from playoff contention, the earliest thats happened since 1997.Its also the third time this season that Oakland has lost to Iwakuma.Just when you feel like you have a beat on him . he makes big pitches when he has to, As manager Bob Melvin said. He hasnt been perfect against us. Hes (allowed) a couple of runs, they score more than that and he ends up winning.Robinson Cano drew a two-out walk in the first and scored on Cruzs double following a 13-pitch at-bat with As starter Daniel Mengden. Cruz fell behind 0-2, worked the count full and fouled off six coonsecutive pitches before doubling off the wall in right-center.ddddddddddddAoki hit his second home run of the season and first since May 28 on Mengdens first pitch in the third.Zunino homered off Daniel Coulombe leading off the seventh.The As scored in the fifth on Wendles RBI single then pulled within 3-2 when Maxwell doubled in Max Muncy in the seventh to chase Iwakuma.Dan Altavilla and Steve Cishek combined to retire four batters for Seattle. Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his 14th save.Mengden (1-7) got better as the game progressed but still lost and is winless since June 27. Mengden allowed two runs over five innings, walked two and struck out sixRARE COMPANYIwakuma joins Hideo Nomo and Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only Japanese-born pitchers with multiple 15-win seasons. Nomo won 16 games three times for the Los Angeles Dodgers while Matsuzaka won 15 in 2007 and 18 in 2008, both times with Boston. Overall I had good life on my fastball, Iwakuma said. I was able to locate both my fastball and my breaking pitches so I think that helped me a lot.INTO THE BOOKSZunino became the ninth Mariner to reach double digits in home runs this season, tying a club record. Seattle had done it four times previously, most recently in 2015.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: Francisco Rodriguez underwent shoulder surgery earlier Friday and will be sidelined for at least four months. Rodriguez had a 3.74 ERA in 34 games as a reliever for Oakland this season. ... LHP Sean Manaea, out since Aug. 29 with a back strain, will throw an extended bullpen Saturday before the team decides when hell start again.UP NEXTMariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (10-5) starts against the As on Saturday looking to continue his recent streak of strong outings since coming off the DL. Hernandez is 6-1 over his last 10 starts.Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (10-9) goes for Oakland seeking his first win in three starts against Seattle this season. Graveman has a 2.64 ERA at home that is the third-lowest in the AL. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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