Photo: The Gormster
We knew the first round was going to be tough as soon as the Caps drew the New York Islanders. They’re a good possession team who kept the Caps hemmed in during the regular season, even if the Caps managed to win most of those games. But I don’t know if we expected the utter 5v5 domination we’ve seen in games one and three. The Isles have just owned the darn puck during evens. There are only three paths to victory tonight:
I wanna see all three and bring a certain Enrique video into the postseason.
Islanders lead the series 2-1. The game is on CSN at 7:30 PM.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|New York Islanders||47-28-7||53.5%||99.1||18.7%||78.0%|
We don’t have a clue what the lines will be. Not a clue. Here’s what they were yesterday:
First rush of practice lines:
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) April 20, 2015
And here’s Brooks Orpik’s emoji, because I’m taking #scorpik to the #thebank.
This isn’t on the Internet, and it’s not from today, but it’s on my mind.
I’m re-reading the Lord of the Rings with some friends, and I’m continually struck by what gracious hosts the heroes are. Bilbo is renowned for his openness with food and gold and gifts. The hospitality of Elrond and the Elves of Rivendell is legendary. One of the biggest insults Gandalf levels at Theoden is how unwelcoming he is to guests.
In a time when a whole continent is descending into war and chaos, the best and most decent people are those who are friendly and kind and giving– even to people they don’t agree with or necessarily like. There’s no single aphorism in the Legendarium to capture the idea, but this is close enough:
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
I hope everyone at Nassau has a fun, safe night– regardless of the game’s outcome.
Ovechkin on what NYI's PK has done to stop the Caps through three games: "Honestly nothing…It’s all about us. It's not about them."
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) April 21, 2015
And check out Caps Clips on Japers Rink for more.
Ooh, he does not like that.
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