NHL Caps on the Brink of History

  • Hero to goat. Marc-Andre Fleury used to be a Conn Smythe shoe-in. Now, he’s the reason the Knights are one loss from their season ending. Crazy. He’s still the one and only reason Vegas is playing in the Final.
  • The Golden Knights have no answer for the Caps’ three franchise players — Evgeni Kuznetsov (four helpers), Alexander Ovechkin (one helper) and Nicklas Backstrom (three helpers).

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Best of Five for Lord Stanley

  • Are the Caps screwed if Evgeny Kuznetsov’s wrist is as broken as it looks? Let me rephrase that — HOW SCREWED are the Caps if that wing is busted?
  • Holy Holtby. Marc-Andre Fleury will win the Conn Smythe, win or lose, but Wednesday’s MVP was big bad Braden. That sprawling paddle save late in the third on that five-on-three PK was SportsCenter worthy.

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Ovechkin FINALLY heads off to the Stanley Cup Final

  • Braden Holtby saved his best for last. Game 6 was his first shutout of 2017-18. Game 7 was his second. 159:27 minutes of domination.
  • Alexander Ovechkin’s game has gone to another place, courtesy of a whole new level of maturity. That snipe 62 seconds in was yet another big point in a big game. And he finally seems to have shed the thought he has to do it all in order for the Caps to win.

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NHL Observations: Worst first round ever

A few things that caught my eye:

  • Ovie is like Kryptonite to Sergei Bobrovsky. He has 12 goals in 25 games, both regular season and playoffs, against him. His release on the 3-0 goal was freaky fast — he took the pass on his backhand and it was in the net in under a second. Elite.
  • Wednesday¬†morning, I didn’t think any of the teams down 2-1 could push a series to six games. Friday morning, I’m on the Caps bandwagon. My Leafs jersey is in the closet. This new playoff format has rendered the best playoff series of any pro sport into a complete dud. Makes me feel like I’m watching the NBA.

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