Morning Mashup: Capital Meltdown
There are teams in every major professional sports league who dominate the opposition in the regular season, but can’t put it all together and get over the hump when it counts. The San Jose Sharks have historically underperformed in the post season, despite annually posting one one of the top records in the league. If any powerhouse is going to be ousted in the second round, it will very likely be the Washington Capitals, who went down 3-0 in their series last night.
Although the Capitals managed to mount an early lead on the Lightning, Tampa Bay slowly climbed back, with solid play from all four lines. After tying the game at three in the latter stages of the third period, Tampa fed off the support of the home crowd and eventually got the deciding goal from Ryan Malone.
Alex Ovechkin had an above average game for the Caps, but lacked offensive support from his line mates. Nicklas Backstrom has been virtually invisible throughout the playoffs and is nowhere near fulfilling expectations set by Bruce Boudreau.
Unless the Capitals do the impossible and win the next four games, the Lightning will move on to the Eastern Conference Chmapionship amongst the NHL’s final four. Hard to believe when the team owner, general manager and head coach are all first timers.
Tampa Bay took a commanding 3-0 seres over Washington after squeaking out a 4-3 win last night.
Despite undergoing brain surgery, Wayne Fleming has stuck by his team and kept a positive spirit.
Stamkos listed amongst the 25 fittest men in the world by Men’s Heath.
World Championship Links:
Canada wins their round robin pool with a 2-1-0-0 record. The medal round begins later this week.
DGB managed to obtain a copy of Team Canada’s application form.
Last Night in Leafs Prospects:
The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors took game one of the OHL finals over the Owen Sound Attack by a 5-2 score. Although Jesse Blacker went pointless and was -2, he has continued to lead by example to his team through their impressive run. Game two of the series gets underway on Thursday at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.
Can the Capitals snap out of their funk or are the Lightning in the drivers seat? Did you expect the Predators to pose such a threat to Vancouver?