What kind of magic is in store for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins?
Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby both hope it is not the same magic from 2010. Because that magic eliminated both of them.
At the 2010 NHL Awards, Ovechkin conducted a light-hearted "interview" with Crosby asking about what happened in the playoffs that had just ended.
"We had a magical team that beat us, you know," Crosby said.
The Penguins captain was referencing a series loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 Eastern Conference First Round. The No. 8 seed Canadiens upset Pittsburgh, the defending Stanley Cup champion, right after they upset the No. 1 seed Capitals.
"The same team, magical. Magical," Ovechkin said.
When asked who would win the Hart Trophy that night, Crosby gave his endorsement to Ovechkin and Ovechkin returned the favor.
Turns out they were both wrong. Henrik Sedin ended up taking home the hardware.
Well, at least at the end of this series, one of the two stars will be happy.