Nothing more impressive in all of professional sports than the NHL's post series handshake...
...amazing that after seven grueling games in which they literally want to kill each other they're able to put everything aside and express a mutual respect for each other. Nothing better.
While the Rangers now move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, here's what the Capitals are facing (H/T to everyone who sent this to me)...
Ok, that's a bit rough. Ovechkin, tell us how you feel about being eliminated by the Rangers for the second year in a row (H/T to DP Snotty)...
Thanks for the props, Kev!
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work on the blog - just found it at the start of this season & it's been my go-to page for Ranger info ever since. Great to be a part of this particular fanbase!!
I thought it was kind of pathetic/low class that most of the building cleared out before the game ended. Yeah the Caps got embarrassed but as a fan you stick around and salute your team. Shows just how many bandwagon fans there are in DC.
Trying to find the interview with McDonagh and Pierre McGuire from the NBCSN interview. McD said a lot of great things about the team and the unity and together-ness in the room. Also hit the nail on the head when he admitted "sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot, but we never stop trying".
Credit to Ovechkin for going to the Rangers' coaching staff to shake hands. He could have easily blown them off. Seeing the handshake line is always awesome, and while it has nothing to do with this year's playoffs, it just re-iterates what a douchebag Brodeur is for not shaking the hand of Avery. One of the most storied traditions in all of sports and he blows it off because he didn't like him.
BTW, Ovechkin will never lead a team to the Cup. He may win a Cup someday, but he will not be the leader of the team he's on. If I were George McPhee, I'd trade him for a bounty of young players and picks and make one of the other guys Captain.
As a ranger fan living in DC, thank god the Rangers won that game and the last game I watched will not be one commentated by Craig Laughlin. What a horrendous homer. He spent the first 50 minutes of the game talking about how "Ovi" was "hitting everything in site" and the last 10 talking about what a good year the caps had. In between he did credit the rangers with "a few lucky bounces." Painful.
I don't feel magnanimous towards the Caps. I think they're extremely arrogant and wouldn't have been gracious in victory. I think their fans showed who they are by leaving with a period to go. I just feel that if we lost it would have been rubbed in in some fashion. I don't feel bad for the Caps. Blow them up!
Meant to link to the article, not the video, but anyway, where were there missed calls? Show me where the Rangers should have been called for a penalty.
@ATCRyan What were your thoughts on the Ranger fans booing the team early in Game 3?
@gravey94 Totally agree about trading Ovechkin. Look at the package Sather was able to get for Gaborik. Assuming McPhee can get as good a package or better for Ovi.
@capncally1978 How was Joe Beninati? I played high school hockey with him on Long Island, great guy - I know he's a total pro...
@GraigGiuliani As much as I can't stand Bayless, he's on target with this one
@GraigGiuliani @ATCRyan Booing from any fan base is warranted if the team is playing flat or in the Rangers case, if the PP is just plain bad. If the Rangers were at MSG and got blown out in game 7 I would guarantee you everyone would stay til the very end. Its kind of a cop out to just leave a game 7 if you're a real fan is all I'm trying to say.
Joe B called it straight and was not annoying. Definitely overtly rooting for caps but no different than Sam on MSG.
@capncally1978 I wouldn't have expected anything different from Joe. Thanks!