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Here are the writers’ Conn Smythe ballots, because the PHWA now makes its voting public. Mostly Ovechkin, some healthy support for Kuznetsov, and two lone (but justifiable) third-place votes for Marc-Andre Fleury. [PHWA]

Alex Ovechkin's Face Said It All Alex Ovechkin's Face Said It All

“This moment...” Alexander Ovechkin started, flanked at the podium by the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy. He never once that I saw looked at the latter, but he kept glancing toward the big one, the one he had kissed and lofted and screamed into and shared with every single one of his teammates and coworkers.…

So Much Cool: My Night Among Joyous And Drunken Caps Fans So Much Cool: My Night Among Joyous And Drunken Caps Fans

Tomorrow is a bigass waste of time. I am a grown adult, which means that the majority of my decisions are based around tomorrow. I save money. I go to bed at a reasonable hour. I don’t do crack. Tomorrow dictates a great deal of my actions, which is a shame because today is RIGHT HERE to be celebrated and enjoyed and…

The Game Clock Broke In Vegas And Caused Total Chaos The Game Clock Broke In Vegas And Caused Total Chaos

If ever you need confirmation of the theory of general relativity, just watch your team in a Stanley Cup clincher. After Lars Eller scored the go-ahead (and soon to be Cup-winning) goal with 7:37 left, time started doing funny things, depending on who you were rooting for. While those final minutes and seconds ticked…

An Emotional T.J. Oshie Describes Winning The Cup In Front Of Father, Suffering Dementia An Emotional T.J. Oshie Describes Winning The Cup In Front Of Father, Suffering Dementia

You will get absolutely nowhere if you try to keep the emotion bottled up inside while watching Caps winger T.J. Oshie talk about winning the Stanley Cup with his father in attendance. Oshie’s father is battling Alzheimer’s disease, so big joyous events they can experience together take on added importance:

The Capitals Are Finally Champions The Capitals Are Finally Champions

This year was different. The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions.

Backstrom To Ovechkin Has Never Been Bigger Or Prettier

It’s 2-1 Washington as I write this, but the goals are coming fast and furious so let’s not spend too much time on this before the score changes. (No shit, Vegas made it 2-2 before I finished writing that sentence.) But the Caps have been scoring some of the prettiest goals of the playoffs—especially their setups—and…

Ovechkin And Fleury Say Hello, With Sticks

Alexander Ovechkin’s and Marc-Andre Fleury’s playoff familiarity goes all the way back to 2009. Fleury’s side has won every single one of their series (even if he happened to be on the bench for some of that). That could change tonight, obviously. Even before puck drop, they were sending each other messages.

D.C.'s Chinatown Is Sinking Under A Sea Of Red D.C.'s Chinatown Is Sinking Under A Sea Of Red

It has been a long, long while since the last time D.C. had any reason to throw a public sports watch party. With the Caps on a run through the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the weather around town holding up beautifully, Caps watch parties, taking place inside and around the Caps’ Chinatown arena, have been growing…

This Is Evgeny Kuznetsov's Time This Is Evgeny Kuznetsov's Time

Before Game 4, a reporter spotted in Evgeny Kuznetsov’s locker a bottle of Fuck Off pills. It’s a gag gift—you know the sort of thing—even if I’m not sure exactly what the gag is supposed to be. But, uh, it might’ve worked. Because Kuznetsov went the fuck off, racking up four assists in the Capitals’ 6-2 win over Vegas

The Golden Knights Have Lost Their Mojo The Golden Knights Have Lost Their Mojo

There is no secret to what is happening to the Golden Knights, now down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup final after playing nigh-unbeatable throughout the playoffs. The zamboni has transformed back into a pumpkin, and not just a regular pumpkin, but a gross smelly rotted one.

The Capitals Finally Made Vegas Look Like An Expansion Team The Capitals Finally Made Vegas Look Like An Expansion Team

In the follow-up performance to a Game 3 loss marked by defensive miscommunications and mishaps, the Vegas Golden Knights looked even worse for most of Game 4, falling to the Capitals 6-2 to go down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals. On the whole, Vegas actually did a better job of creating dangerous chances and holding…

Maybe It Actually Is Okay For Caps Fans To Believe? Maybe It Actually Is Okay For Caps Fans To Believe?

The Caps were still up by a goal after Braden Holtby’s incredible blunder in the third period of Saturday’s Game 3, but when it happened—the very instant Tomáš Nosek guided Holtby’s blind, panicked, incomprehensibly ill-advised give-away into the empty net—a vision of the next great gut-wrenching Capitals collapse…

Braden Holtby Made The Save Of His Life Braden Holtby Made The Save Of His Life

If you have not yet seen Braden Holtby’s game-saving save with two minutes left in Washington’s 3-2 Game 2 win, well, first see Alex Ovechkin’s reaction on the bench:

The Capitals Refused To Blink In Game 2 The Capitals Refused To Blink In Game 2

The Golden Knights have trained people to believe that they’re always going to bounce back. All though this postseason, Vegas has shrugged off potentially game-changing goals from their opponents, like Tom Wilson’s tiebreaker in the third period of Game 1, and quickly reasserted control. But in a 3-2 loss to the…

Tom Wilson Is At It Again Tom Wilson Is At It Again

I’m so annoyed that after the pure mainline rush that was Game 1, I have to think about Tom Wilson’s dirty-ass play. Imagine how Jonathan Marchessault feels:

Embrace The Spectacle Of Stupid Fun Hockey Embrace The Spectacle Of Stupid Fun Hockey

They have been telling us for decades—a necessarily nebulous “they,” but one that includes the NHL itself, needing to sell the present brand of hockey shaped by rule changes and coaching revolutions and swollen goalie gear, and certain fans, trying to convince themselves that we’re watching the peak of the sport—that…

The Knights' Game 1 Win Was Batshit Crazy Vegas Style The Knights' Game 1 Win Was Batshit Crazy Vegas Style

In the world capital of entertainment, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Vegas went far beyond the value of any other ticket you could buy in town. With a 6-4 win over the Capitals, the Vegas Golden Knights weathered the lows, provided some ecstatic highs, and pulled out a dramatic victory on home ice in the…

Nothing Matters But Now Nothing Matters But Now

It’s a funny thing. Year after year you’re told “this is your year,” and it never is, and then, finally, when no one thinks you matter anymore ... it might be your year.

The Capitals Rained Fire On The Lightning The Capitals Rained Fire On The Lightning

It was a dream start for the Washington Capitals tonight—or for any team on the road in a Game 7. Just a minute into the deciding match-up of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning, the Caps’ all-time best player dramatically announced his importance. On a cross-ice pass from Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin…

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