Saturday night before the Los Angeles Kings took on the Vancouver Canucks, Sportsnet’s Hockey Night In Canada panel provided priceless insight on the upcoming Western Conference showdown.
“Adam, thoughts on the game,” host George Stroumboulopoulos asked, tossing it to former Caps head coach Adam Oates.
“Where’s your secondary scoring, [Los Angeles]? Other than the 70’s line, you’ve got to get it going,” Oates said. “And you’ve had a Stanley Cup hangover, it’s time to get going. Everybody [needs to] start chipping in.”
Naturally, Stroumboulopoulos wondered how long a Stanley Cup hangover should actually last. So he asked Oates.
Un-mute the video, and hear his response for yourself.
“I don’t know,” Oates said, bursting into uncontrollable, maybe even uncomfortable laughter. “I’ve never had one.”
The Hall Of Fame player lost in the Stanley Cup Finals two times, once with the Capitals in 1998 and once with the Anaheim Ducks in 2003. The former coach, who once put Jay Beagle on a line with Alex Ovechkin, lost in the Finals once as an assistant with the New Jersey Devils.
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