Cup skateth over

Inside Sport - - PUNTER’S CHANCE -

Hip­ster fash­ion has been tough on the NHL’s

Stan­ley Cup Play-offs (through early June) – used to be that a lum­ber­jack beard was a sure sign of a deep run in the hockey post­sea­son, when the play­ers stop shav­ing un­til their team is elim­i­nated. An­other Cup tra­di­tion: up­sets, to the point where you ques­tion why they play such a long reg­u­lar sea­son in the first place (to keep Canada oc­cu­pied, we sup­pose). The up­set alert will be fore­most on the mind of the league-lead­ing Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals, who have yet to get their names on the mug in the 12 sea­sons that su­per­star Alex Ovechkin has been the face of the fran­chise. If the Caps can fi­nally get there, Ovechkin will es­tab­lish him­self as the most pop­u­lar Rus­sian in DC (and you can be sure a White House in­vite will be forth­com­ing).

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