Alex Ovechkin is all business heading into the Stanley Cup Final.
The Caps captain can usually be seen joking around with teammates or the media, but this postseason has told a different story. ‘Ovi’ has been in full force with 22 points in 19 games and is one of the leading candidates to win the Conn Smythe award. The 32-year-old was recently asked about playing in Las Vegas for the Stanley Cup Final and further emphasized how seriously he’s taking his team’s current run.
Vegas has proven to be a difficult city to win in this season. At 29-10-2, the Golden Knights earned the second best home record in the NHL only behind the Winnipeg Jets; the team they beat in the Western Conference Finals. Visiting players partying too hard in the city has been viewed as a main reason for their success, but even in crunch time during the playoffs, Vegas has lost just one game at home.
Things should get interesting when the action kicks off on Sunday considering how dominant the Capitals have been on the road. Their 8-2 record away from home has been among the best in the postseason and should prove to be the fiercest test in Vegas.
Something tells us that another trip to the city might be in order if Ovechkin and his teammates can capture Lord Stanley’s mug. Hockey just might not be involved, though.
(H/T Tom Gulitti)