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High praise for Alex Ovechkin from NBC analyst after Game 7 defeat

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High praise for Alex Ovechkin from NBC analyst after Game 7 defeat

Even in a heartbreaking Game 7 defeat, Alex Ovechkin drew high praise from NBC announcer Pierre McGuire, a voice that has been highly critical of Ovechkin in the past. McGuire called Ovechkin's first period goal against the Rangers "electrifying" and talked about the progress of the Caps and Ovechkin.

"I thought he stepped up in a big moment," McGuire said on the Dan Patrick Show. 

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McGuire called Ovechkin "valiant in defeat" and said that Ovechkin had "evolved" as a teammate, player and leader. Good things are ahead for Ovechkin and the Capitals under coach Barry Trotz, the analyst said. 

"Alex Ovechkin did a phenomenal job." Watch the full clip below. 

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

Hockey is one of the most incredible, compelling sports in the world. As fun as it is to watch on TV, it is even more compelling in person and fans in North America are treated to the best hockey in the world as played in the NHL.

But the NHL's not perfect.

SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

Just like every sports league, the NHL is always adjusting and making changes to the game in order to improve it through things like rule changes, expansion, playoff formats, etc.

No sport is perfect and hockey is not without its flaws, but there are a number of clear changes that could be made that would improve both the game and the league.

 SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."

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