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Morning Line- Ted Leonsis

To our fans, we are nothing without you

Game 7. Win and advance or lose and go home. It’s a feeling we know all too well. It never gets easier, especially after knowing what it feels like to be on top. The feeling of being world champions. Exiting the playoffs after Game 7 last night was difficult, as losing is never easy. Despite it all, I couldn’t be prouder of our team! This was an incredible, hard-fought series and a memorable season as the defending Champs.

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals.  Continue reading at Ted's Take.

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Ah, Memories

from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,

Washington always will have Alex Ovechkin, loopy with happiness, diving into that fountain in his droopy drawers.

D.C. will always keep its memories of the Save by Braden Holtby in the Stanley Cup finals against Vegas, and T.J. Oshie chugging a brew through his jersey.

Most of all, every Capitals fan, from the newest to the “Suffering Since 1974” crowd, will have those massive, citywide bonding moments, gazing last June at a mall jammed into the distance with rejoicing fans, with the Stanley Cup shining.

What Washington will not have is back-to-back titles. That dream is dead after a crushing — and far too Old Caps — 4-3, double-overtime loss in Game 7 to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the playoffs Wednesday night at roaring, then utterly despondent Capital One Arena. The season-slaughtering goal was scored by Brock McGinn at 11:05 of the second overtime period.

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The ‘Jerks’ Knock Out The Champs

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The end to the Washington Capitals' reign as Stanley Cup champions came suddenly, but not unexpectedly.

At least not by the time they were deep into the second overtime with the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.

The way the Hurricanes controlled play in both overtime periods, it felt inevitable they would score eventually. Brock McGinn finally did at 11:05 of the second overtime, redirecting Justin Williams' centering feed from the right corner to give Carolina an improbable 4-3 win in the game and the best-of-7 series.

The Hurricanes advance to face the New York Islanders in the second round, beginning Friday at Barclays Center.  The Capitals go home for the summer, ending their repeat bid much earlier than they expected.

"It's kind of a situation where the season is over, and you understand that," Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said. "We fight through 82 (regular-season) games and in Game 7, they score one goal and … you're disappointed. You're frustrated, especially after last year."

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from Harvey Valentine at NHL.com,

Brock McGinn scored 11:05 into the second overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals with a 4-3 win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.

The Hurricanes, who trailed 2-0 and 3-1 in this game and 2-0 in the best-of-7 series, advanced to the second round for the first time since 2009 and will play the New York Islanders.

"We got some huge goals by some big players, huge saves by Petr [Mrazek] when we needed them, a huge goal by Jordan [Staal] to start the third period," Carolina captain Justin Williams said. "We didn't give up. When it was 2-0, we told ourselves we wouldn't let it snowball like we did in the other games. We regrouped and stayed with it."

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The Carolina Hurricanes Eliminate The Washington Capitals In 2 OT

We will have a new Stanley Cup Champion this year.

Canes win 4-3 in 2 OT, GWG scored by Brock McGinn.

 

 

added 11:49pm, video of GWG below, handshakes too...

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Game 7 Advice From Alex Ovechkin

 

Anyone picking the Canes tonight?

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Carolina Hurricanes Force Game 7

from Sportsnet,

The Carolina Hurricanes have lived to fight another day.

Justin Williams and Co. survived a tense Game 6 to even their first-round series against Williams’ former club at 3-3, forcing a Game 7 against the defending champion Washington Capitals.

Late in the third period of the tilt, Washington appeared to score a game-tying goal with Carolina leading 3-2. A controversial call nullified the goal, however, as it was waved off immediately, keeping Washington down one. Williams scored soon after to extend the Hurricanes’ lead, before a subsequent empty-net tally sealed it.

Alex Ovechkin was tossed from the game by referee Chris Rooney in the final minutes.

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Below, watch some action involving Ovechin tonight.

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Video- T.J. Oshie Will Be “Out For A While”

 

 

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Video- Carolina Hurricanes Beat The Washington Capitals 2-1

Series tied at 2.

 

 

Below, watch the two late saves by Mrazek.

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You Knew It Was Coming - Stop The Fighting

from Alec Campbell of wral,

Hockey fights are dumb. They’re lame, they’re selfish and there’s nothing in sports, besides a pitcher intentionally throwing at a batter, that reduces us to the worst, most common denominator version of ourselves like a hockey fight. We don’t want to admit it because we’ve been conditioned to believe they’re a necessary part of the game, but they aren’t.

The benefits are fleeting at best, and there’s no evidence that they correlate to goals or wins. In last night’s case the Washington Capitals won the fight but they got run out of PNC Arena to to tune of 5-0. The negatives, meanwhile, are far more impactful.

I was sick to my stomach seeing the Carolina Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov get knocked out, literally, in a fight with Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin midway through the first period of Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

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Morning Line- Luke DeCock

The problem isn’t with Ovechkin or Svechnikov or the running battle between them that started in October and escalated in each game since, the upstart trying to measure himself against the legend but giving away 40 pounds and 15 years of hard-won experience. The problem is with a game that endorses this atavistic bare-knuckle brawling, consequences be damned, out of some misguided hard-scrabble Alberta prairie notion of toughness.

The consequences, as seen here, can be dangerous. Even potentially deadly. (What if Svechnikov’s helmet had slid up an inch just before his head hit the ice?) That could be a career-changing concussion for Svechnikov, no one knows, and for what? No game, no playoff game, is worth that.

But that’s the uncertainty the Hurricanes, and Svechnikov, face now, no matter what else happens in this series.

-Luke DeCock of tne News & Observer where you can read more on this topic plus the Carolina win over Washington.

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