If you watch one thing tonight, it should be game seven of the Rangers-Capitals series on MSG at 7pm. I know that you’re not going to watch it, because American Idol is on, and because only about 45 people in the entire country ever watch hockey, but you should, I swear. The Rangers, who are seeded seventh in the eastern conference, are facing elimination after winning the first two games of the series on the road against the second seed. They’re on the verge of letting the series get away from them, thanks to a continued failure to put the puck in the net, a weakness that’s been completely exposed now that goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who’s kept them in far more games than they deserved to be in this season, has been struggling for the past week.
If you need more of a storyline, the league’s best player, Alex Ovechkin, is on the Capitals, and he’s an absolute joy to watch—the kind of player who looks like he’s going to score every single time he touches the puck—but he’s also an asshole who’s insulted your city and your hometown hockey team multiple times. First he complained to newspapers that Madison Square Garden smells bad, and then, following game three of the series, which the Caps won at the Garden, he skated to center ice and raised his stick toward the rafters — mocking the Rangers’ traditional post-win show of gratitude to the fans.
See? You’re super angry now, right? And you’re going to race home to tune in, right? Perfect. We’ll talk about it tomorrow.