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Stanley Cup Playoff
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Joel Ward got his pay day on July 1 — a four-year contract with the Washington Capitals worth $12 million. But he earned that money in April and May, showcasing himself as a dynamic playoff scorer.
History isn't on the Capitals' side. Of the 162 times in Stanley Cup Playoff history a team has fallen behind 3-0 in a series, three teams have come back to win.
The NHL is staying on NBC and Versus for the next 10 years with a deal Commissioner Gary Bettman calls the most significant in league history.
Marco Sturm wanted the pressure. As the No. 1 seed, he said even with a lead in the series the onus was on the Capitals in Game 2 – because there’s a world of difference between being up two games to none and being tied with the Rangers.
Take nothing away from Michal Neuvirth, who shined in his Stanley Cup playoff debut against the Rangers in Game 1. But his Capitals teammates kept more than half of New York's shots from reaching him.
It's a goalie matchup that hardly seems like a fair fight. The New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist started more games this season (67) than the Washington Capitals' Michal Neuvirth has started in his NHL career (64).
In the business world, it's often true that good execution leads to success. In sports sometimes, one bounce of good or bad fortune can be the difference between the ecstasy of winning and a long offseason of questions.