NHL 2018 Stanley Cup Reaction: Alex Ovechkin Becomes a Legend

On June 7th, 2018 Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin earned his place amongst the greatest to ever play the game by winning the NHL Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy.

Yes, Alex Ovechkin was already an NHL legend. He was already a top 100 player. But he didn’t have that one thing that truly defines a players greatest; he didn’t win the NHL Stanley Cup.

For 13 years it’s eluded him. Through 607 goals and 1122 career NHL points in 1003 NHL regular season games. Through seven Rocket Richard trophies as the league’s top scorer and three other NHL MVP awards. The Stanley Cup eluded Ovechkin.

It’s the one thing that stands in the way of a players greatness. We never talk about Marcel Dionne and his remarkable 1771 NHL points because he never won a cup. He’s a truly great player but he’s never won a cup.

Whether that’s a fair indictment of a players career or not doesn’t matter. That’s the reality of the situation. Without a cup, were you truly a legend?

By winning the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy Alex Ovechkin did just that. He’s now become the legend he already was.


Vegas Golden Knights Deserve an Apology

By going to the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, we all owe the Vegas Golden Knights a sincere apology for doubting them.

None of us like admitting when we’ve done something wrong. None of us like to admit a mistake. But in doubting the Vegas Golden Knights we did just that. And for it, we’re sorry.

At the start of the 2017-18 NHL season, no one thought that the Vegas Golden Knights would exceed 100 points. They did it with a 51-24-7 record for 109 points. They also made the playoffs with that record. Something no one thought they could do in year number one. And something 30 other franchises are extremely jealous of.

And then when they got to the playoffs everyone thought it would be a cute story and be over in four games. No one thought the Vegas Golden Knights could get by the Los Angeles Kings.

They did. In fact, they swept the Kings in four straight games. And the doubting didn’t end.

The Golden Knights took on an established San Jose Sharks team in round two, and everyone thought they couldn’t make it. They were wrong.  The Knights won in six games.

Then came the second best team in the Western Conference, the high flying Winnipeg Jets. The Knights downed them in five.

So here we are, in the Stanley Cup finals, and the Vegas Golden Knights are at least four games away from winning the Stanley Cup in year one of their existence. It’s a remarkable story and one we’re frankly sorry we got so very wrong.

…Although to be fair. There’s no way they beat the Capitals in the finals.

NHL 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conn Smythe Favorites

Were only in the Conference Finals of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but who should be the Conn Smythe favorite at this point?

Sidney Crosby has won the Conn Smythe trophy for the last two seasons. For the last two years, Crosby was declared the most valuable player in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. This year won’t have a chance at a three-peat.

So who takes it in 2018? Could it be either Alex Ovechkin or Steven Stamkos?


Alex Ovechkin | Washington Capitals

With 17 points in 13 playoff games, Alex Ovechkin has finally led his team to the conference finals. Something that he hasn’t be able to do in his NHL career. He was also the primary reason the Capitals were finally able to get past the Pittsburgh Penguins. If you’re looking for narrative and right of passage, he deserves the Playoff MVP Award.

Steven Stamkos | Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos is a huge reason the Tampa Bay Lightning were able to shake off that crushing game one defeat to the Boston Bruins in the second round. With four points in the final three games of the series, Stamkos pushed his team to four straight wins over the Bruins and book the Lightning’s third trip to the conference finals in four years. Without him, the Lightning might be on the golf course rather than fighting for a Stanley Cup.