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NHL Morning Skate for Friday, June 8, 2018: Ovechkin, Capitals finally capture Lord Stanley’s Cup

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CAPITALS WIN FIRST STANLEY CUP IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller scored 2:31 apart midway through the third period as the Capitals rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the final frame to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The milestone victory came in the franchise’s 43rd season of competition and their 3,701st game (regular-season and playoff) since joining the NHL in 1974-75.

The Capitals ended the second-longest wait for an NHL team before winning its first Stanley Cup. The Los Angeles Kings captured the 2012 Stanley Cup in their 44th campaign. The Capitals’ win also ended a championship drought for fans of metro D.C. pro sports teams, who hadn’t celebrated a championship since Washington’s NFL team won the Super Bowl in 1992.

 

Smith-Pelly, who posted the game-winner in Game 4, tallied for the third consecutive game — a first in his NHL career. It was his seventh goal of the playoffs (24 GP) after scoring seven times during the regular season (75 GP). Eller, meanwhile, tallied his third game-winner of the postseason, the most among all Capitals players. His first came in double overtime at Columbus in Game 3 of the First Round when Washington trailed the series 2-0; he notched his second in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at Tampa Bay when center Nicklas Backstrom was sidelined by injury. As a result of his heroics, Eller (Rodovre, DEN) will become the first Danish player to have his name inscribed onto the famous trophy.

 

KINGS OF THE NARRATIVE

Washington’s come-from-behind, Cup-clinching win capped a thrilling roller-coaster playoff ride for the team and its fans. Over the course of the past two months, the Capitals overcame a pair of home overtime losses to start the postseason in the First Round against the Blue Jackets; vanquished the Penguins, who had eliminated Washington in each of their past seven playoff series and in nine of 10 series overall; rallied from a three-game losing streak to defeat the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final, including a road win in Game 7; and topped former Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights in the Final.

 

OVECHKIN WINS CONN SMYTHE TROPHY

Captain Alex Ovechkin, who led all playoff goal-scorers with 15 and ranked second in points to teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov with 15-12—27 (24 GP), won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to “the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs.” The winner was selected in a vote by a panel of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

A Moscow native, Ovechkin is the second Russian-born winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy since it was first handed out in 1965, joining Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (Magnitogorsk) in 2009. The only other Conn Smythe Trophy winners born outside North America are Nicklas Lidstrom(Vasteras, Sweden) in 2002 with the Red Wings and Henrik Zetterberg (Njurunda, Sweden) in 2008 with the Red Wings.

 

Ovechkin, who has worn the ‘C’ as the team’s leader since 2010, also makes history as the first Russian captain to hoist the Stanley Cup and just the third from outside North America, joining Lidstrom in 2008 and Zdeno Chara (Trencin, Slovakia) in 2011 with the Bruins.

 

Ovechkin capped a milestone season by winning the Stanley Cup in his first trip to the Final. The 2017-18 regular season saw Ovechkin achieve career milestones in goals (600) and games played (1,000). His 13th NHL campaign also saw him reach the 40-goal mark for the ninth time – outdoors at the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series in Annapolis, Md., on March 3 – en route to capturing his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.

 

Ovechkin’s 15 playoff goals led the NHL and set a single-year franchise record. Only one NHL player since 1997 has potted as many goals in a single postseason: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby in 2009 (15) en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

 

His postseason goal haul included a pair of game-winners. His goal at 18:53 of the third period gave the Capitals a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh in Game 3 and a 2-1 lead in their Second Round series. He also scored the winning goal (at 1:02 of the first period) in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Tampa Bay. It marked the second-earliest decisive goal in a Game 7, behind only Montreal’s Jean Beliveau (0:14) in the 1965 Stanley Cup Finalvs. Chicago.

 

Ovechkin (607-515—1,122 in 1,003 GP) is the third player in NHL history to score 600 career regular-season goals before hoisting his first Stanley Cup. Luc Robitaille won the Cup with the Red Wings in 2002 after compiling 620 goals, while Dave Andreychuk captained the Lightning to a championship in 2004 after scoring 634 times.

ROAD MASTERS

The Capitals, who improved to 10-3 away from Capital One Arena, tied an NHL record with their 10th road victory of the postseason. They matched the 1995 Devils (10-1), 2000 Devils (10-2) and 2012 Kings (10‑1), all of whom won the Stanley Cup. The 2004 Flames (10-4) also won 10 road games, but ultimately lost in the Stanley Cup Final (4-3 L vs. TBL). Washington also became the third team to post all four series-clinching victories on the road, joining the 2008 Red Wings and 2009 Penguins.

 

Road teams finished the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 44-40 record (.524), the third-best percentage by visiting clubs in the 50 seasons in the expansion era (1968-2018). The only seasons with a better win percentage by road teams were 2012 (.547, 47-39) and 1987 (.529, 46-41).

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Washington also became the second team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup despite trailing in all four playoff rounds. They had trailed 2-0 in the First Round vs. CBJ, 1-0 in the Second Round vs. PIT, 3-2 in the Conference Finals vs. TBL and 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final vs. VGK. The 1991 Penguins also faced a series deficit in each round, eventually defeating the North Stars in the Stanley Cup Final (4-2 W).

 

In addition, the Capitals became the seventh team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup despite losing their first two games of the postseason.

 

KUZNETSOV TOPS PLAYOFF SCORERS

Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov led all scorers in the Stanley Cup Final with 1-7—8 and the playoffs overall with 12-20—32 (24 GP), the second-highest point total in a single postseason since 1997. Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin notched 14-22—36 in his Stanley Cup-winning 2009 campaign.

 

Kuznetsov (Chelyabinsk, Russia) becomes the third Russian player to lead the NHL in postseason scoring during the League’s modern era (since 1943-44), joining Detroit’s Sergei Fedorov (Pskov, Russia) in 1995 and Evgeni Malkin (Magnitogorsk, Russia) in 2009 and 2017.

 

Kuznetsov set a franchise playoff record with an 11-game point streak (May 3-28: 6-10—16) that ended in Game 2 of the Final. He then collected four assists in Game 4, tying a single-game Stanley Cup Final record achieved by 11 other players. The last: Colorado’s Joe Sakic in Game 2 of the 1996 Final vs. FLA (8-1 W).

 

CARLSON SETS FRANCHISE SCORING MARK

Playing in his 100th career playoff game, all with the Capitals, John Carlson (0-1—1) increased his career playoff totals to 18-37—55, surpassing Calle Johansson (12-42—54 in 95 GP) for the most postseason points by a defenseman in Capitals history. Carlson also owns the franchise playoff record for goals by a blueliner (18) and ranks third in assists by a defenseman (37), behind Scott Stevens (44) and Johansson (42).

 

Carlson, who led NHL blueliners with 15-53—68 during the regular season, also topped all defensemen during the playoffs with 5-15—20 – franchise records for assists and points by a blueliner in a single postseason.

HOLTBY HOLDS THE FORT
Starting the playoffs as the backup goaltender for Games 1 and 2 of the First Round series against Columbus, Braden Holtby won four consecutive starts to eliminate the Blue Jackets and went on to record all 16 wins in the Capitals’ championship drive. Holtby finished with a 16-7 record, 2.16 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and two shutouts.

 

Many will view his spectacular, lunging save to deny Vegas forward Alex Tuch and preserve a 3-2 Washington lead with two minutes remaining in Game 2 as the turning point in the Stanley Cup Final. After “The Save,” the Capitals closed out Game 2 and captured Games 3 through 5 as well, outscoring Vegas 13-6 in that span.

 

ORPIK A MULTIPLE CUP WINNER

Every Capitals player captured his first Stanley Cup with the exception of defenseman Brooks Orpik, who notched his second. Orpik was a member of the 2009 champion Penguins alongside Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

 

TROTZ CELEBRATES FIRST CUP WIN

Highlighting his 20 years in the NHL as one of the League’s most successful coaches, Washington’s Barry Trotz is a Stanley Cup champion for the first time. Trotz made his NHL debut as head coach of the expansion Predators in 1998 and was behind the bench for each of their first 15 seasons. Finishing his fourth season with Washington, Trotz ranks fifth on the NHL’s all-time head coaching list in regular-season games (1,524) and wins (762).

 

CAPITALS POST RARE WIN STREAK

The Capitals posted four consecutive wins after dropping Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, marking the first time in 16 years that any team had posted a four-game winning streak in the Final. The last club to accomplish the feat was the 2002 Red Wings, who won the series in five games after dropping the opener to the Hurricanes.

 

For the Golden Knights, it marked the first time they suffered a fourth straight loss in the 102 games (regular season and playoffs) they contested over their magical inaugural season.

 

TURNING ON THE POWER

The Capitals went 1-for-4 on the power play in Game 5, finishing the playoffs with a conversion rate of 29.3% this postseason (22-for-75). Among teams with at least 60 opportunities, only three have converted at a higher rate during a single playoff year since the League officially began tracking power-play percentage in 1977-78: the 1981 New York Islanders (37.8%, 31-for-82), 1982 Islanders (29.9%, 23-for-77) and 1994 Toronto Maple Leafs (29.7%, 22-for-74).

SMITH SETS SCORING MARK FOR INAUGURAL PLAYOFF TEAM
Reilly Smith (1-1—2) ended the playoffs as the Golden Knights scoring leader and holder of the NHL record for most points by a player in his team’s inaugural playoff season (5-17—22). The line of Smith, Jonathan Marchessault (8-13—21) and William Karlsson (7-8—15), Vegas’ top three point-producers, combined for 20-38—58 and five game-winning goals during the playoffs (20 GP).

 

POKER STAR, VEGAS FAN NEGREANU JOINS STANLEY CUP LIVE

Ahead of Game 5, the latest episode of Stanley Cup Live featured professional poker player and Vegas Golden Knights fan Daniel Negreanu, the fuzziest Golden Knights fan Bark-Andre Furry, a giant Stanley Cup cake, and appearances from Thunder from Down Under and Fantasy Girls. The pre-game festivities in Las Vegas also featured a concert by Panic! At The Disco from The Fountains of Bellagio.

* Meanwhile, tens of thousands gathered inside and around Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., more than 2,400 miles away from where Game 5 was played, to watch the historic finish and celebrate the city’s first championship in more than a quarter-century.

QUICK CLICKS

· Capitals win Stanley Cup, defeat Golden Knights in Game 5 of Final (via Dan Rosen)
· Alex Ovechkin wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with Capitals (via Tom Gulitti)
· Nicklas Backstrom gets Stanley Cup first from Alex Ovechkin after Capitals win
· Alex Ovechkin career timeline: Draft through Stanley Cup
· Capitals’ Stanley Cup win has fans celebrating in streets
· Capitals’ good-luck charm Addy Flint shares news before Game 5 of Final (via Tom Gulitti)
· Jaromir Jagr shows up in Vegas, lauds Alex Ovechkin‘s play in Stanley Cup Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Green Hot Rods ride five homers to 11-4 win against Dayton

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

June 8, 2018

HOT RODS HOME RUN HITTERS

Devin Davis cracks two homers for the Hot Rods

Vidal Brujan

Taylor Walls

Ronaldo Hernandez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dayton, Ohio—The Bowling Green Hot Rods hit five home runs including two by Devin Davis as they defeated the Dragons 11-4 on Friday night.  A crowd of 7,888 was in attendance at Fifth Third Field for the first game of a four-game set.

 

The start of the game was delayed for 91 minutes due to rain.  When it began, Bowling Green’s first two batters connected on home runs as Vidal Brujan and Taylor Walls gave the Hot Rods a 2-0 lead.

 

The Dragons responded with a solo home run by Leandro Santana in the third inning, his fourth homer of the year, to make it 2-1.  But Bowling Green broke the game open with five runs in the fifth inning, getting back-to-back home runs from Ronaldo Hernandez and Devin Davis to jump ahead 7-1.  Davis added a two-run home run in the sixth to make it 9-1.

 

The Dragons put together a scoring inning in the bottom of the sixth.  Jose Garcia doubled to left field to start the inning and went to third on Jeter Downs’ single to left.  A wild pitch brought in Garcia, and Downs scored on a triple to right-center by Stuart Fairchild to make it 9-3.

 

Bowling Green scored two in the top of the ninth before the Dragons closed out the scoring with one run in the bottom of the inning as John Sansone scored on Miles Gordon’s sacrifice fly to make it 11-4.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Tyler Mondile (1-5) was charged with the loss.  He worked the first four and one-third innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

 

The Dragons finished with eight hits.   Jeter Downs was 2 for 4 with a run scored.  The Dragons had three extra base hits including Santana’s home run, the triple by Fairchild, and a double by Montrell Marshall.

 

The Dragons fell to 29-30 in the first half as they dropped their fourth straight game.  Bowling Green improved to 38-21.

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Bowling Green (R-H-E):  11-17-0

Dayton (R-H-E):  4-8-0

 

Win:  Riley O’Brien (3-1)

Loss:  Tyler Mondile (1-5)

Save:  None

 

HRDayton: Leandro Santana (4th, 0 on base in third inning).

HRBowling Green: Devin Davis, 2 (1st, 0 on base in fifth inning, 2nd, 1 on base in 6th inning); Vidal Brujan (3rd, 0 on base in first inning); Taylor Walls (3rd, 0 on base in first inning); Ronaldo Hernandez (8th, 1 on base in fifth inning);

NOTE:  THE HOME RUNS BY BRUJAN AND WALLS IN THE 1ST WERE BACK-TO-BACK; THE HOME RUNS BY HERNANDEZ AND DAVIS IN THE 5TH WERE BACK-TO-BACK.

 

 

Notes:  On Friday, outfielder Michael Beltre was promoted from Dayton to Advanced-A Daytona, while pitcher Sarkis Ohanian was placed on the disabled list.  They were replaced on the roster by pitcher Aaron Quillen, who arrived from Daytona, and outfielder Mitch Piatnik, was joined the club from extended spring training.

 

Up Next:  The Dragons host Bowling Green again on Saturday at Fifth Third Field at 7:07 p.m. in the second game of the series. Hunter Greene (1-3, 6.32) will start for Dayton against Bowling Green’s Tommy Romero (4-3, 2.36).


Daily Almanac for Saturday, June 9, 2018: Day 160 of the Year

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

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Dragons to Saturday and Sunday games vs. Bowling Green to be televised on Dayton’s CW

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

(courtesy Dayton Dragons)

 

June 8, 2018

 

25 GAME BROADCASTS SPONSORED BY DP&L

 

DAYTON, OHIO—Dayton Dragons games on Saturday, June 9; and Sunday, June 10 will be televised live from Fifth Third Field on Dayton’s CW.  Game broadcasts will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The Dragons host the Bowling Green Hot Rods both dates.

 

Saturday and Sunday’s games are part of a 25-game television package this season, sponsored by Dayton Power & Light.  All games will be broadcast live and in high definition on the following outlets:

 

  • Over the air Channel 26.1
  • Spectrum Channels 13 and 1013
  • Direct TV and DISH Network Channel 26.

 

Dayton’s CW reaches approximately 500,000 households and over 1.2 million potential viewers in a 10-county area.

 

Dragons Director of Broadcasting Tom Nichols will handle the play-by-play for all telecasts this season.   WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will handle the commentator duties on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Nichols is in his 11th season with the Dragons and 31st year in Minor League Baseball.  He has broadcast over 3,900 minor league games since beginning his career in 1988 and has worked at every level of Minor League Baseball.  He is a Ball State University graduate and a native of Muncie, Indiana, where he was inducted into the Delaware County Athletics Hall-of-Fame in 2009.

 

Pohl has served as WDTN-TV Sports Director and Anchor since 2002 and has been with WDTN-TV since August 1995.  Jack is a Dayton native who attended Wright State University.  He began his broadcasting career at Centerville High School station WCWT.   He later moved on to work at various Dayton area radio stations, but is best known for his time as the Z-93 morning show personality with Kim Faris.  Jack is proud to have learned the TV business from WDTN’s legendary Omar Williams.  Jack was honored with the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship and Ethics Integrity Media service award.

 

Dragons 2018 Television Broadcast Schedule (remaining games)

Day Date Opponent Time
Saturday June 9 Bowling Green 7:00
Sunday June 10 Bowling Green 2:00
Friday June 22 South Bend 7:00
Saturday June 23 South Bend 7:00
Sunday June 24 South Bend 2:00
Friday July 13 Quad Cities 7:00
Saturday July 14 Kane County 7:00
Sunday July 15 Kane County 2:00
Friday July 27 Fort Wayne 7:00
Saturday July 28 Lansing 7:00
Sunday July 29 Lansing 2:00
Saturday August 18 Bowling Green 7:00
Sunday August 19 Bowling Green 2:00
Saturday August 25 Lansing 7:00
Sunday August 26 Lansing 2:00

 

 

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