A couple of thoughts from the first two games as we wait for the drop of the puck to start the third period in Boston.
What could be scarier than Alex Ovechkin as a left wing? How about Ovi as a right wing? He spent most of Saturday's series-clincher playing on the starboard side, and as Corey Masisak notes, Ovechkin was playing on the right side when he scored the series-winner.
The best news for Tampa Bay in its 8-2 rout of Pittsburgh was the re-emergence of Steven Stamkos, who broke out of a scoring slump by getting a pair of goals and a primary assist. Alan Robinson notes that coach Guy Boucher feels Stamkos “figured it out” in Game 4. That may be, but for the first time in the series, he was a factor in Game 5.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh