Washington. So close yet so far.
The Presidents Trophy winners were eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs by Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
The Penguins have now eliminated the Capitals from the post season eight times in their 41-year history, going on to win the Stanley Cup in three of those years just to pour a little extra salt on the wound.
Caps fans could be forgiven for feeling like they are cursed this morning. Ralph Russo of the Associated Press even went as far as suggesting they were the most ‘tormented’ fan base in the NHL.
Despite another heart breaking loss on Tuesday, they are not.
That ‘honour’ belongs to Columbus.
We’re on the road again this week, which I’ll claim is a tribute to the Predators game seven road win in Anaheim…
The Conference quarter finals come up for discussion, as do the impending semifinals as the quest for the Cup continues, and there’s time for a quick ‘WTF’ regarding Jonathan Quick’s nomination for the Vezina trophy.
Former Los Angeles Kings forward Patrick O’Sullivan (@realPOSULLIVAN) joins me on this weeks One Puck Short Podcast to discuss the Cup contenders and key stories heading in to the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
We also look at Arizona’s decision to dismiss general manager Don Maloney, while I break down Nazem Kadri and Morgan Reilly’s new contracts in Toronto.
Edinburgh Capitals head coach Riley Emmerson joins me on the latest One Puck Short Podcast to reflect on the Elite League Playoff Finals weekend and the Capitals rollercoaster season and his hopes for the teams future.
In NHL news, all but two playoff spots have been locked up, making for something of a quiet final week of the regular season.
If there is one Russian who’s name you have heard more than Vladimir Putin, it’s probably Ilya Kovalchuk. Last few months he has been one of the if not most talked about Russian athletes. Following endless statements from him and his agent and his team that he was supposed to leave according to himself has (once again) made a decision.
Following the season closing ceremony in St.Petersburgh where team thanked fans with an on ice show Ilya Kovalchuk gathered quite a crowd around him in the media room. He wasn’t really vocal but he said what he had to, finally clearing up all the rumors.
CSKA and SKA, two teams that just finished one of the KHL conference finals have so much in common, one of them is the ongoing ‘’war’’. Both teams couldn’t keep the battle on the ice so they went to bite each other’s necks off in quite a passion.
What necks are we talking about here? Well, there is an ongoing war between both teams on which one can get the best rumors out about each other. Sadly it does involved money and Russian media. Some of the stories have been pretty down on the earth but the one that raised many eyebrows and made the ground move a little,was about none else than Russian predator Alexander Radulov, who apparently was heading to Toronto to play for Maple Leafs.
Kate Cimini, lead NWHL reporter for Today’s Slapshot, joins me on the latest One Puck Short Podcast to discuss the NWHL’s first season, it’s high and lows and it’s future.
We also discuss the Women’s World Championships, currently taking place in Kamloops, and the St. Louis Blues chances in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.