Pick your stat: The Capitals have now lost seven of 10 Game 7s in the Ovechkin era — twice at the hands of the rival Penguins. Pittsburgh improved to 6-0 all time in Game 7s on the road. Washington hasn’t been to the conference finals since 1998.
The Capitals had the Penguins on the ropes having played a flawless four periods entering Game 7, erasing a three-games-to-one deficit. For a few minutes in the first period Wednesday, it appeared as though it might be more of the same. Washington dominated possession but either Fleury or puck luck quashed all chances,
Fleury had allowed nine goals on 58 shots in Game 5 and 6 losses after nine on 142 shots the first four games of the series.
Fleury did this once before, stopping Ovechkin on a breakaway in 2009’s Game 7 as the Pens went on to capture the Stanley Cup, setting the tone for the Capitals’ misfortune. Then there was Jaroslav Halak stopping 41 of 42 shots in 2010 and a trifecta against the Rangers in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
The pair was a dynamic duo during the formative years of the modern-day Ducks franchise and instrumental to hockey’s growth in Southern California. Together for parts of six seasons in Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK Anaheim, they developed a special chemistry. Selanne scored 514 points in 455 games; Kariya had 528 in 395. Selanne wore No. 8, Kariya wore No. 9. Kariya joked he could read Selanne’s mind — “Off ice he wasn’t hard to read. He was always watching ‘Baywatch.'”
Few in the history of the game could claim such a synergy, on Cheap College Jerseys and off the ice.
Selanne would go down as one of the most potent goal scorers in NHL history, his 684 goals good for 15th all-time. He returned to Anaheim as a 35-year-old in 2005, won the Cup in 2007 and finished his 21-year career as a 10-time All-Star with 1,457 points in 1,451 games to his credit.