Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Another Disappointment For Ovechkin and the Capitals
Another Stanley Cup Playoffs and another year for Ovechkin and the Capitals to wait. In this humble writer's perspective, the flop of the Capitals has to be the worst of all time. A number 1 seed, a top 2 player in the league since drafted, and the Penguins without Malkin and Crosby and Lord Stanley was all but engraved with the names of the Washington Capitals, but they were not just swept, but pushed off of the curb with an industrial street cleaner. Granted, Tampa Bay has arguably three of the top players in the NHL with Stamkos, Lecavalier, and St. Louis, but for a number 1 seed to not make it out of the 2nd round and lose 4-0 is a choke that the Heimlich maneuver could not save. It would not surprise me if Bruce Boudreau was fired for this, but at least he would not be caught on camera with BBQ Sauce on his face anymore.
This led me to my next topic about Russian players. I am partial to the Russians. There is something mysterious about them and they are truly great players. There was nothing more intimidating than the Soviet Union team in all red, but when it comes to the NHL I can't see the Russians being the type of players to lead their teams to Lord Stanley and Ovechkin is just the most recent example. Every great Russian who has won has been second in the team hierarchy if they won, otherwise just a great scorer. Yzerman/Federov, Messier/Kovalev, Datsyuk/Zetterberg, Bure, Kovalchuk, the list goes on. I love the Russians, but they just can't bring home the cup.