Cup skateth over
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).