Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been one of the leagues more vocal protestors Charles Clay Jersey , willing to sit during the national anthem to bring attention to the causes he believes in.

But while he doesnt agree with either the NFLs new policy requiring players on the field to stand, or the President whose pressure inspired that policy, Bennett doesnt sound like a man who wants to extend this particular fight.

Via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Bennett spoke at a book signing in Seattle last night and reiterated that his decision to sit during the anthem was never about the flag.

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Bennett said he would have preferred a different policy, but had no idea how other players would respond.

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As other players have, Bennett made a point to say the attention should be on the work players are doing in communities to remedy social problems. Of course http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline … ick-jersey , that should have probably been the case before, prior to people hijacking the issue for political advantage.

After dropping the first two playoff games at home in overtime, the Washington Capitals picked up momentum that only got stronger as they took down the Columbus Blue Jackets in four straight.

Now theyll strive to keep the intensity high as they advance to a second-round rematch with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Capitals, who manhandled the Blue Jackets 6-3 on Monday to cap the opening round series, are looking to avenge second-round playoff losses to Pittsburgh in each of the past two seasons.

I cant wait to take a step forward, said Washington star forward Alex Ovechkin, who had two goals on Monday, including his 50th playoff tally. They know how to play Jerrell Freeman Jersey , they know the pressure. Its a huge series for us.

Goaltender Braden Holtby relieved a struggling Philipp Grubauer in Game 2 and was great the rest of the way. He had 35 saves Monday in a game in which his team was outshot 38-28. Fifteen of the saves were in the third period when the desperate Blue Jackets turned up the heat.

(Hes) been fantastic, Ovechkin said. Hes stepping up big-time. Hes top goalie in the league, and he showed it today and he showed it in the series.

For his part, Washington coach Barry Trotz wasnt ready to talk about Pittsburgh yet after a taut opening-round series.

Please let me breathe, he said. We havent taken a breath since this started.

Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist, and Dimitry Orlov, Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller also scored Monday for Washington, which never trailed in OT in Game 5 on Saturday. The Capitals won each of the three games in Columbus.

One of the stories for Washington was its ability to defend Columbus power play. After the Blue Jackets went 4 for 8 with a man advantage in the first two games http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline … son-jersey , the Caps held them to 0 for 16 in the last four. Meanwhile, Washington took good advantage of Columbus penalties, scoring on the power play in each of the six games.

I think going into the year there wasnt a lot of people who said we would finish first in the Metro, and we did that, Trotz said. And its just creating a pretty consistent culture, and its having good players too. It was a tremendous test for us. We didnt get off to a good start and had to dig ourselves out.

Trotz said he leaned on veterans Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and others to keep the Capitals on an even keel through the tumult of the season.

Weve had lots of different adversity through this year and in the past Chris Jones Jersey , and weve grown up a little bit in some ways, he said. We understand that our core group is really, really strong, they believe in each other. Weve got a lot of young guys in the room. Weve had to rely on our core to push us forward, and we have.

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