The Washington Capitals won their first-ever Stanley Cup last night by erasing a one-goal deficit in the third on Devante Smith-Pelly’s version of Bobby Orr flying through the air. Then Lars Eller cleaned up some garbage behind Marc-Andre Fleury, and the Vegas Golden Knights were eliminated.
I truly am so happy for Alex Ovechkin. Did you see how thrilled he was? Like a little kid. Would’ve been a sin for him not to win one, so I’m glad he finally got his.
Stanley Cup Recaps
- Here is the tale of how they got it done. [Japers Rink]
- And here’s all of Japers Rink celebrating with glee and GIFs. Enjoy the green thread.
- And here’s Michael Fornabaio finding the Sound Tigers connection. [Soundin’ Off]
- Dan and Mike discuss the sweeping changes in the organization in this episode of Islanders Anxiety.
- I mistyped yesterday: I thought both Islanders’ first round picks in the SBN Mock Draft would be made available yesterday. Pick 12 comes today. Pick 11 was traded to the Cup champs for their backup, Philipp Grubauer. It follows Lou Lamoriello’s precedent, as Dom mentions. I like it. [LHH]
- Arthur Staple joined Craig Custance on The Full 60 podcast to discuss the upheaval in the organization. [The Athletic]
- Josh Bailey, Anthony Beauvillier, and Jordan Eberle talk about playing together at the World Championships this spring. [Islanders]
- Fornabaio had hoped to see a weekend of hockey trophy distribution. [Soundin’ Off]
Generic League News
- This edition of the 31 Thoughts podcast was taped before the game last night, so it is titled One. Win. Away. Paraphrasing here, but I believe Dan said that the lengthy Islanders discussion aroused nausea. [Sportsnet]
- UFA Scott Hartnell hopes to sign with a team this offseason, but is also open to the idea of retiring. Not a bad place to be. [TSN]
- The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly trying to trade Milan Lucic and his massive contract by ‘sweetening the pot.’ Through all the years of watching my favorite team, a former dynasty that has no idea how to manage itself, it’s been comforting having a twin dynasty organization out west that does the same.
- Barry Trotz isn’t worried about his lack of a contract for next season. And why should he be? If the Capitals don’t take him back, someone surely will. [Buffalo News]
- And one-time Islander Cliff Ronning is a part of the 2018 class at the BC Sports Hall of Fame.