Caps Roll A Seven At Worst Time Possible

In the table game craps, the odds of rolling a combination of two dice to add up to a total of seven remains a 4-1 advantage for the house. While it’s not exactly a smart bet to hope for a seven, the payoff remains the draw. Aside from alienating yourself from the rest of the table, you could walk away as either a big winner or the biggest loser.


During the seventh game of the NHL quarterfinal series between Washington and Philadelphia, many Capitals fans felt a combination of pit bosses and “eyes in the sky” gang up on them.


Ask any hockey fan about the ebb and flow of the playoffs.


Postseason hockey acts as a different animal – and works in a different fashion that any other professional sport in the playoffs. Thanks to a sudden death system that makes the Stanley Cup the most difficult trophy to win in sport, games could last as long as five hours before deciding a winner. Players will eat whole pizzas and guzzle down coffee at 2:00 AM just to stay awake. And most important of all, fans instinctively know (no matter how tired they are) when their team will win – or lose – the game.


Washington’s escape from the postseason didn’t keep many people up past their bedtime, but sent all of its fans to sleep with a headache. The lasting image of Joffrey Lupul depositing Philadelphia’s trash goal to take the series in sudden death gets many D.C. area psychologists excited. They have something to talk about, even as their patients remain speechless.


In a classic game that sends one team to the next level and another team to the golf course, there’s always a “what if” moment that stands out as the turning point of the crucial contest. Alexander Ovechkin, who took over the NHL as the league’s best player, authored an entry pass that was intended for Sergei Fedorov at the doorstep of Philadelphia goalie Martin Biron. Tallying a total of nine shots in the game, (nearly doubling the output of anyone else on the ice in that department) Ovechkin decided to become a helper and assist the once great Fedorov.


Then the old and slow Fedorov broke in the wrong direction at the wrong time. Ovie probably should’ve taken the slapshot past Biron. It’s split second decisions like this that make grown men stay up late for six months.


With just one round down in hockey’s second season, I implore you to catch a dramatic playoff game that runs deep into the night. Don’t rationally think about your decision to watch television at 2:00 AM when you need to wake up in three hours for work. The great philosopher (or was it hockey player) Bill Clement once said, “Sleep is overrated.”


Trust me, for the next two months, it is.


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