Prom king Andre Burakovsky celebrates
Game One between the Penguins and Capitals was tense and physical. It took solid goaltending (a .933 from Braden Holtby) and TJ Oshie’s hat trick to get the win. The Caps cannot depend on that again tonight, so let’s look for some production from Alex Ovechkin and a better game from the second line.
Capitals lead the series 1-0.
Puck drops at Verizon Center at 8 PM. Game’s on NBC Sports, Emrick announcing. I’ve got recap duties here.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||56-18-8||52.0%||101.1||21.9% (5th)||85.2% (2nd)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||48-26-8||53.0%||100.6||18.4% (16th)||84.4 % (5th)|
Yesterday we had a long and thoughtful discussion about how to balance the rivalries that make sports fun with conduct that doesn’t discourage huge groups of people from getting involved. One suggestion from that conversation was a new generation of trash talk that is so off the wall that it is also completely bewildering. For example:
We may or may not have drastic changes to the defense. Lines via Katie.
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Oshie
Johansson – Kuznetsov – Williams
Chimera – Richards – Burakovsky
Winnik – Beagle – Wilson
Orpik – Carlson
Weber – Niskanen
Chorney – Schmidt
Here are the Pens forward lines, not formatted with line breaks, from Stephen Whyno.
#Pens lines the same: Sheary-Crosby-Hornqvist, Kunitz-Malkin-Fehr, Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel, Kuhnhackl-Cullen-Rust.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) April 28, 2016
Can we not?
Everybody… It is ACTUALLY GONNA BE MAY!#canyoumemeyourself
Probably not, right?
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 29, 2016
That joke is totally played out, you guys.
It’s a classic for a reason.
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