Rick Zamperin: Golden Knights or Capitals, who wins the Stanley Cup?

Rick Zamperin: Golden Knights or Capitals, who wins the Stanley Cup?

Rick Zamperin: Golden Knights or Capitals, who wins the Stanley Cup?

Following another crushing Washington Capitals' post-season setback last spring, head coach Barry Trotz got on a plane and headed to Russian Federation for a meeting of the minds with his best player.

That could be a heavy burden to carry for players who never have played under the sport's brightest spotlight, but that's where Orpik comes in.

PREDICTION: Capitals in 7.

"After Oct. 1, those first games ... you want to play for the city, the people that were affected by it", Engelland said.

The first-year Vegas Golden Knights will host Washington in Game 1 of a series that will give the victor its first Stanley Cup championship.

That's a trick coaches, teammates and opponents alike have come to expect.

Capitals: Among markets with teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, only the Twin Cities has a longer championship drought going than Washington.

Snowballing to the tune of him allowing four or more goals in eight of the 16 games he played during January and February. "He has fantastic release". There's so many things that he's done for the game.

"We don't talk about it a whole lot", Gallant added. "They love our players, they love our team, and they love what's going on, and I know our players appreciate the things they do for us".

Ovechkin will earn the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP and the Caps will be cup champs, beating the Golden Knights in six games.

"I thought I was done with them for a little bit", Fleury said.

"Once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen".

Then Holtby, the former Vezina Trophy victor, stopped 444 of 501 shots against for the remainder of the regular season, a save percentage of.886. Another 49 goals next season would tie him with Brendan Shanahan for 13th. He's very comfortable [with] what he's doing.

"Ovi's been on a mission", Caps coach Barry Trotz said. The temperature on the Strip should hit 100 degrees on Wednesday before Game 2.

Only one age 33 playoffs even to compare to James
Boston quickly closed the gap in the second half and had an 11-point lead of their own within a minute of the fourth quarter. Interestingly, that was also the last time James was down 2-0 in a series in the East, which the Celtics closed out in six.

In fact, the expansion Capitals gave up 265 more goals than they scored.

"Alex has that ability to look beyond what's there".

Now they're playing for one of the great trophies in sports: the Stanley Cup.

Washington is 13-2 in its last 15 games on the road.

Yet while he has a 1.68 goals-against average and.947 save percentage, he'll be the first one in the locker room to credit the defensemen in front of him.

The exchange produced a roar of laughter from reporters and a cheeky grin from Ovechkin, who produced another one-liner when he concluded his press conference by thanking a Chinese reporter for informing him he's huge in that country.

Vegas entered the season at +20,000 to win the title.

Vegas will be challenged by Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, who are in their first Stanley Cup Final since 1998. Down the line, when the National Hockey League finally gives Hampton Roads its team, that new club could stack consecutive playoff series sweeps in the first, second and third rounds of its inaugural season.

On the Washington Capitals' side, Griffins assistant and West Michigan native Mike Knuble played three of his final four seasons with the Caps.

The Capitals have done a better job of scoring than the Golden Knights in the playoffs and were barely short of Vegas in the regular season. Hopefully we can get there and I'll definitely be in the No. 81 [Jonathan] Marchessault jersey.

Schmidt has developed into the team's top defenseman after struggling to find consistent ice time in Washington last season.

But there's also no debate that Ovechkin is leading the charge.

"I have a very fond respect for George", Wilson said.

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