On Sunday, Robert Andino insisted he wasnt going to go on the disabled list.Hed hurt his left shoulder in the sixth inning trying to field Alex Avilas eventual RBI single. It was obvious he was hurt and was taken out of the game.Andino said he thought he would be out just a few days and, no he wasnt going on the disabled list. X-Rays were negative, Andino kept saying.On Monday, Andino had an MRI, and manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Minneapolis that Andino has been diagnosed with a strained shoulder, and would miss three to four weeks.Andinos shelving will create a roster spot for Zach Britton, who will be activated to start Tuesdays game.It should also give Steve Tolleson additional time on the roster. Hes in his third stint this season, and this one was supposed to be a short one. Tolleson was recalled on July 7 and probably would have been sent down on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Ryan Flaherty can play there, too.Now, the unlucky man is likely to be Miguel Socolovich wholl probably go back to Norfolk when Tommy Hunter is likely to be promoted to start on Wednesday.
The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.
Who will that player be?
It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.
The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.
But what about the Caps?
Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.
Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?
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The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game.
Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.
Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.
It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...
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