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NHL Power Rankings: Inside the Conference Finals

NHL Power Rankings: Inside the Conference Finals

We're down to the final four in the NHL Playoffs. Caps. Lightning. Jets. Golden Knights. Who will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and get a shot at the Cup?

It's still early in the Eastern and Western Conference Finals, but with Washington destroying Tampa Bay on the road to take a 2-0 series lead, that has to count for a lot. Here's a look at our four-team power rankings before we get deeper into each series.


4. Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning were the first team to punch their tickets to the conference final, but back-to-back disasters with home-ice advantage against the Caps has them returning to Washington in a dangerous hole.

3. Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas wasn't supposed to make the playoffs, but now it has two series wins on its resume. But the Knights will have to step up on offense to take down the Jets.

2. Washington Capitals

The Caps' offense is on fire with Braden Holtby holding down the fort in goal. Through the first two games of the series, they've outscored the Lightning 10-4, and their 6-2 victory Sunday had six different goal-scorers, with Lars Eller getting the go-ahead goal.

1. Winnipeg Jets

Still the team to beat, the Jets are riding a wave of confidence after eliminating Nashville and besting Vegas in the first game of the series. If they can keep it up, they'll cruise to the Stanley Cup Final.




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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.