May 2, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) skates on the ice prior to game three in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center. The Rangers won 2-1 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

A Change In Attitude For The Washington Capitals

Tomorrow night at 7:30 will be game seven between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals. This will be an interesting game.
I have to be honest and say that I was personally going for the Rangers, however, after watching this series, I admit that whoever wins tomorrow night I will be happy. I give credit where credit is due, and the Capitals have been working hard and playing clean. For the most part, anyway. I still think that hit where Ovechkin’s feet left the ice to going into it should have at least drawn a fine, if not a game’s suspension. He’s a repeat offender, and he knows better than to do that. Ovechkin. That is another thing that is amazing me as my opinion of him has changed as well. I can’t say I despise him anymore with any honesty. I actually like to watch him skate! The man is talented. Regardless of how he is off ice, he is a hard worker and he makes things happen for the Capitals. His attitude in front of the cameras has improved greatly. With the roller coaster of his ice time and things that Dale Hunter has been pulling, he’s been even tempered and respectful. That is a big change as to even last year with his problems with Bruce Broudreau and how Ovi handled himself. Braden Holtby is with out a doubt the surprise star in these playoffs. Everyone loves Tami, his mother, as she’s become quite the celebrity herself with her animated reactions that they always show on TV. His father was a goaltender, so he gets it honest. He is only playing due to injuries that the Capitals #1 and #2 goaltenders encountered, and now Washington is thankful that he got the opportunity. Part of the reason that he is so successful is his amazing ability to remain calm and focused. He’s 22 and has little NHL experience. Now he’s a star in the playoffs, his numbers are great, and he is the key that forced a game 7. That’s a lot to take in for a rookie. Aside the pressure of being one of the top goaltenders in the NHL suddenly, he is a new father. Though the day was planned, it’s still both a blessing and a stresser. His teammates have nothing but positive and warm words for Holtby and his fience. “You know it’s a big moment for him but I think it’s going to give him more motivation,” Alex Ovechkin said. “I think right now he’s probably happiest guy in the world. The way he play, what happen in his personal life it’s great and we’re going to help him and we’re going to support him.” Holtby acknowledged that it was exciting, but he made it clear in Friday’s interview that he wanted to stay focused on hockey. He said that he would like to keep his family and private life separate from his hockey life. Though his fience has been tweeting about her experiences throughout her pregnancy, making it public knowledge, I hope that the media does take a step back and let them have their privacy. He is a new dad, that is distraction in itself. Having to worry about his fience and new son’s safety can add to the stress and distraction. I have no doubt in my mind that he will focus on one thing  and one thing only during the game tomorrow night, hockey. Having the peace of mind that his fience and son are safe and their privacy is being respected will help his focus a lot.
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