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Alleged Cyberbully Fiancé Mike Hoffman Laundered Through Sharks To Panthers Alleged Cyberbully Fiancé Mike Hoffman Laundered Through Sharks To Panthers

In an obvious, inevitable move, the Ottawa Senators dumped longtime forward Mike Hoffman this morning in a trade to the San Jose Sharks. In the deal, the Sens got a replacement winger in Mikkel Boedker, defensive prospect Julius Bergman, and a late draft pick. More importantly, they also got the chance to eliminate…

Barry Trotz Is Stepping Down As Capitals Coach Barry Trotz Is Stepping Down As Capitals Coach

In news that comes as a pretty huge surprise, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz is resigning—not re-signing, but resigning—just 11 days after winning the Stanley Cup. He’s apparently got two pretty good reasons.

Mike Hoffman and fiancée Monika Caryk deny having anything to do with the harassment of Senators teammate Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda, and say they have no idea why they’ve been accused. [Ottawa Citizen]

Erik Karlsson's Wife Melinda Accuses Teammate's Girlfriend Of Extended Harassment Campaign Erik Karlsson's Wife Melinda Accuses Teammate's Girlfriend Of Extended Harassment Campaign

Here is an utterly bizarre story from the Ottawa Citizen: Melinda Karlsson, wife of Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, has filed an order of protection against a woman she accuses of harassing her and her husband, including after the death of their stillborn baby. The woman accused is Monika Caryk, the longtime…

Never Take Your Kids To A Championship Parade Never Take Your Kids To A Championship Parade

I was not born or raised in the D.C. area but all of my children were, and so I felt it was my solemn duty as a Good Sports Dad to take them downtown for the Capitals’ Stanley Cup parade, the first major title parade to take place here in nearly three decades. This was a celebration that was unprecedented in scope…

Here are the writers’ Conn Smythe ballots, because the PHWA now makes its voting public. Mostly Ovechkin, some healthy support for Kuznetsov, and two lone (but justifiable) third-place votes for Marc-Andre Fleury. [PHWA]

Alex Ovechkin Lets Go Of Stanley Cup Just Long Enough To Botch Ceremonial First Pitch, Drunkenly Sing "We Are The Champions" Alex Ovechkin Lets Go Of Stanley Cup Just Long Enough To Botch Ceremonial First Pitch, Drunkenly Sing "We Are The Champions"

Alex Ovechkin brought the Stanley Cup to Nationals Park today, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Saturday’s Giants-Nationals game. Well, okay, the first two pitches—Ovechkin made a funny mess of the first one:

Alex Ovechkin's Face Said It All Alex Ovechkin's Face Said It All

“This moment...” Alexander Ovechkin started, flanked at the podium by the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy. He never once that I saw looked at the latter, but he kept glancing toward the big one, the one he had kissed and lofted and screamed into and shared with every single one of his teammates and coworkers.…

So Much Cool: My Night Among Joyous And Drunken Caps Fans So Much Cool: My Night Among Joyous And Drunken Caps Fans

Tomorrow is a bigass waste of time. I am a grown adult, which means that the majority of my decisions are based around tomorrow. I save money. I go to bed at a reasonable hour. I don’t do crack. Tomorrow dictates a great deal of my actions, which is a shame because today is RIGHT HERE to be celebrated and enjoyed and…

The Game Clock Broke In Vegas And Caused Total Chaos The Game Clock Broke In Vegas And Caused Total Chaos

If ever you need confirmation of the theory of general relativity, just watch your team in a Stanley Cup clincher. After Lars Eller scored the go-ahead (and soon to be Cup-winning) goal with 7:37 left, time started doing funny things, depending on who you were rooting for. While those final minutes and seconds ticked…

And Now Let Us Bask In The Radiating Joy Of Euphoric Caps Fans And Now Let Us Bask In The Radiating Joy Of Euphoric Caps Fans

I am always up for images of sports fans celebrating a championship—the euphoria is contagious, especially when it’s a fan base that hasn’t tasted the glory of a title in a good long while. For a nice appetizer, here’s the celebration on the ice:

An Emotional T.J. Oshie Describes Winning The Cup In Front Of Father, Suffering Dementia An Emotional T.J. Oshie Describes Winning The Cup In Front Of Father, Suffering Dementia

You will get absolutely nowhere if you try to keep the emotion bottled up inside while watching Caps winger T.J. Oshie talk about winning the Stanley Cup with his father in attendance. Oshie’s father is battling Alzheimer’s disease, so big joyous events they can experience together take on added importance:

The 2018 Hockey Night In Canada Season-Ending Montage Is Here

Hockey is over for the summer. That sucks! Perhaps, maybe, the only thing that can get us through those lean months will be the annual masterpiece that is the Hockey Night In Canada season-ending montage, set this year to Oasis (??). Here you are.

Champion Capitals Salute Fans, Especially The One Flashing Them Next To The Glass [NSFW]

The Washington Capitals leveraged excellent teamwork on their way to claiming the Stanley Cup, and that teamwork continued as they took a lap around the arena in Las Vegas tonight, finding one, uh, nakedly enthusiastic fan showing her appreciation for the team in a not-safe-for-work way.

The Capitals Are Finally Champions The Capitals Are Finally Champions

This year was different. The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions.

Backstrom To Ovechkin Has Never Been Bigger Or Prettier

It’s 2-1 Washington as I write this, but the goals are coming fast and furious so let’s not spend too much time on this before the score changes. (No shit, Vegas made it 2-2 before I finished writing that sentence.) But the Caps have been scoring some of the prettiest goals of the playoffs—especially their setups—and…

Ovechkin And Fleury Say Hello, With Sticks

Alexander Ovechkin’s and Marc-Andre Fleury’s playoff familiarity goes all the way back to 2009. Fleury’s side has won every single one of their series (even if he happened to be on the bench for some of that). That could change tonight, obviously. Even before puck drop, they were sending each other messages.

This Is Evgeny Kuznetsov's Time This Is Evgeny Kuznetsov's Time

Before Game 4, a reporter spotted in Evgeny Kuznetsov’s locker a bottle of Fuck Off pills. It’s a gag gift—you know the sort of thing—even if I’m not sure exactly what the gag is supposed to be. But, uh, it might’ve worked. Because Kuznetsov went the fuck off, racking up four assists in the Capitals’ 6-2 win over Vegas

The Golden Knights Have Lost Their Mojo The Golden Knights Have Lost Their Mojo

There is no secret to what is happening to the Golden Knights, now down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup final after playing nigh-unbeatable throughout the playoffs. The zamboni has transformed back into a pumpkin, and not just a regular pumpkin, but a gross smelly rotted one.

The Capitals Finally Made Vegas Look Like An Expansion Team The Capitals Finally Made Vegas Look Like An Expansion Team

In the follow-up performance to a Game 3 loss marked by defensive miscommunications and mishaps, the Vegas Golden Knights looked even worse for most of Game 4, falling to the Capitals 6-2 to go down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals. On the whole, Vegas actually did a better job of creating dangerous chances and holding…

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