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Gleason on fight with Glass: 'It's hockey, man'

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Gleason on fight with Glass: 'It's hockey, man'

NEW YORK – His left eye surrounded by shades of purple and green, remnants from Wednesday night’s fight with New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass, Capitals defenseman Tim Gleason was in no mood to get into a war of words with his combatant in the hours leading up to tonight’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison  Square  Garden.

“It is what it is,” Gleason said after being informed of Glass’ stated desire to beat him up before their third-period fight in Game 4. “It’s hockey, man. You play the game.

“I’m not going to stand here and say I won the fight. I don’t really care about if I did or didn’t. I’m not buying into it. It is what it is. I’m going to worry about tonight. The most important thing for us is getting the win tonight and moving on. All that other stuff is part of the game, I guess.”

Gleason and Glass dropped the gloves early in the third period of Game 4 after Gleason was checked into the goal post by Rangers winger James Sheppard. Sheppard, who drew a boarding penalty on Tom Wilson in Game 3, called his hit on Gleason “more of a hockey play.”

Gleason agreed, saying “it kind of escalated from there.”

Glass, who has 62 regular season fights in his NHL career, said he saw Gleason throw a punch at Sheppard and immediately stepped in, A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Glass, 31, landed several right hands on Gleason, 32, a 6-foot-1, 214-pounder with 46 career NHL fights. But while Glass told reporters “What do you think?” when asked who won the fight, Gleason rolled his eyes when told of Glass’ comments.

“That’s all you’re getting out of me, man,” Gleason said. “I could care less, really. You’re asking a guy that, I’ve been beaten up 100,000 times and I’ve won 100,000 times, so I could care less.”

Gleason said the only sympathy he got was from his children at home, who wondered how he got what he called his “boo-boo.”

Gleason, who has been paired with Mike Green on the Caps’ third line of defense, seemed far more interested in stopping the speed of the Rangers than quieting Glass.

“They’re a speedy team. Their transition is really good,” he said. “They’re good from the goalie on out, but their speed is their number one trait.”

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

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.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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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