So Tyler Kennedy scored again. It was no doubt the biggest goal of his live and a huge goal in terms of this series. He's the man. The word is out. Marc-Andre played the best game of his life and overshadowed everyone but Kennedy's goal was important. Moving on...
I watched the Capitals play the Rangers last night since the Penguins didn't play and I want to jump on board this Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin vs. Malkin debate. Undoubtedly there are other players to through into the mix of "who is the best player in the World right now," my short list would include several goalkeepers who are playing out of their gourd right now, at least three Red Wings and Wayne Gretzky, whose numbers are so unbelievably untouchable that AO, Crosby and Malkin will be lucky to come close. Throw his old ass into someone's power play and I guarantee he still lights up the scoreboard like a fireworks display, with all due respect to Mario Lemieux, of course.
Ovechkin sucks. Or at least he did last night. I saw the highlights of him finally playing playoff hockey on Monday night, and he looked good. He hustled. He played some defense. But who cares? That's playoff hockey he was playing. Kennedy plays with that kind of passion on a Wednesday game in Albuquerque.
AO wasn't even the best player on the ice yesterday, let alone the world, Henrik Lundqvist was. And no, it wasn't because AO's shots were so amazing they spawned flames, on ice, while traveling at the speed of sound. AO's shots were predictable and blocked, save one, but if any of the aforementioned players shot 11 times at something, they'd hit it too. They would not only hit it - they'd kill it and eat it.
AO turns the puck over more than Brooks Orpik, who turns more things over than a pair of tongs.
Question: who turned the puck over on the play that was all over every sports medium Monday night and Tuesday where AO made that diving back-tracking steal? Ovechkin.
Sergi Federov played better than AO, and he was drafted in '89, when AO was turning over toys in the sandbox at the age of four.
On a serious note, AO and the Capitals remind me of the Penguins back in '07 when they needed to just make the playoffs and get some experience. The Penguins are winning close playoff games now because they took those lumps. The Capitals, while they looked very dangerous heading into this year's playoffs, just don't have that playoff gear.