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NHL News: Evgeni Malkin accessed game misconduct after “hit” on TJ Oshie

Well, here we are again. Another suspend him or not article. This may be a weekly edition to be honest. Every hit in the NHL may be a suspension at this point. Right when I saw the Malkin “hit” on Oshie, I knew it was going to be a huge deal and probably a suspension just looking at the track record of the NHL this season. For those that did not see the play here you go.

The header photo makes it look bad right? Well watch the play and then judge. Also if you have never played a sport(especially hockey) in your life please get the f*ck out of here, leave your opinion to yourself because you do not know anything about the game or sports.

Malkin was coming into the zone, clearly saw Oshie was coming to hit him, moved the puck to his supporting winger and as Oshie was going to hit Malkin, Malkin braced for the hit and hit Oshie before Oshie could do anything to Malkin. Now, does he make contact with his head, yes. But Oshie was the one going after Malkin in Malkin’s eyes. Malkin did not hit with his elbow, it was clear bracing for the hit, tensed his shoulder up and made contact with Oshie. Also if you look at Oshie’s eyes he is not even going after Malkin it looks like, ok now what? You think Malkin is thinking that when he sees a guy skating towards him? No, he is thinking “this guy going to blow me up. Protect self.” (Malkin’s Russian btw) therefore he did what his NORMAL HUMAN instinct told him to do, protect myself. I do see the validation for a five-minute major, maybe not a suspension. The only reason this is major worthy is because Oshie did get hit in the head and the point of contact was the head, but Malkin was protecting himself, he had no idea Oshie was trying to get the puck and not hit him. If anything leave it as it is, game misconduct and ejection. Please let’s not modernize this game any more.

The reason this should be left as is because the referees stepped up and made the call they did what they were suppose to do and stopped it from escalating any further. We saw Michael Matheson hit Elias Pettersson and get no call and then suspended later on, say they called it and ejected him right there and then it may have gone a different way. I think this is a dangerous play but he was protecting himself, don’t have your head down no matter what and the referees did a good job calling it in the moment, not three days later.

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Washington looks for series lead on home ice: Vegas looks to bounce back from game two loss

The Capitals headed back to Washington after their game two win with high spirits as the Golden Knights headed to Washington a little less happy, but still remain confident as coach Gerard Gallant said after game two. The Capitals and Golden Knights have done their fair share of road winning and home ice winning. The Golden Knights have won 6 games on the road while the Capitals have won four games on home ice.

The Capitals ended all three of their series on the road, lost two games to Columbus on home ice, two to Tampa Bay and one to Pittsburgh. The Capitals head into game three with a chance to take a much needed series lead and gain some massive momentum. Some keys for both teams here tonight are…

Capitals keys to game three 

(1) Capitals need to score first. The Capitals when trailing from behind or allow the first goal have struggled a bit this playoff run especially on home ice cracking the seal first is huge for the crowd and the players.

(2) Eliminate Vegas’s speed, the Golden Knights play a quick transition game and they really do have a ton of speed on their front end. If the Capitals can reduce and or eliminate the Golden Knights ability to transition and move from defense to forward quickly and just reduce the amount of neutral zone turn overs this game will be a lot easier.

(3) Capitalize on the power play. The Capitals have had the best power play all playoffs and making sure you use that to your advantage is big, every chance the Capitals get they need to do something with it. Burying the Golden Knights on their mistakes is crucial that’s what Vegas does to teams so using Vegas mistakes to hurt them will be huge for the Capitals.

Vegas keys to game three

(1) Vegas needs to play simple and psychical to stir this game. Which means get the puck deep, chip and chase and just do whatever it takes to keep the game simple and reduce the amount of mistakes you make. The Capitals will rely a lot on their power play therefore the Golden Knights need to be aware and stop the Capitals from getting many man advantage chances. Which comes from keeping it simple and not trying to do too much.

(2) Capitalize on the chances you get! The Golden Knights blew a 5 on 3 in game two and they ended up losing in the Stanley Cup final that cannot happen you need to bury a team when they take two bad penalties. Therefore that means do not retaliate and go back and give into the Capitals nonsense. Vegas needs to be smart and pick and chose when to get chippy.

(3) Slow down Kuznetsov and Oshie, Ovechkin obviously too but they know that. Kuzy is definitely not 100% so getting to him early is crucial. Oshie has been a wagon this series so getting him off his game, in anyway is crucial too. Vegas needs to mix and match lines here and slow these two guys down.

Inside look at what Vegas is saying…

The line opened up at -135 Washington and +115 Vegas that was the open though, now it is well the same thing actually not much has changed and it seems Washington is favored a but, not but a lot but a decent amount. The over/under line is 5.5 goals and -119, pretty fair based on how the first two games went. I’d go under though. The other 13 sites out there are saying, Vegas to be around +105 the lowest and +119 the highest and Washington to be -125 the lowest and +139 the highest. I would go Washington here tonight, I think the same thing happens as it did in Vegas. Home team takes game one, away team takes game two. Monitor the lines though I highly doubt they stay like this as the bets are 52 percent Vegas and 48 percent Washington.