Is Capitals coach Dale Hunter an “accidental genius?”  Did the “Ovie Sucks” chant by Rangers fans backfire in Game Two? Why do NHL players sometimes still make dumb mistakes? Is Steven Stamkos a deserving candidate for the Hart Trophy? Did the voters get it wrong with their nominees for the Adams Trophy? 

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski wonders if Capitals head coach Dale Hunter is an “accidental genius”, in part because of his decision to limit Alexander Ovechkin’s playing time in Game Two against the Rangers, which the Capitals won.

Who sucks now?

SICK, UNBELIEVABLE: Kevin Klein suggests the chants of “Ovie Sucks” by Rangers fans during Game Two backfired, as the Capitals scored shortly after two of the three countdown chants at the 8th minute of each period. One of those goals was the game-winner by Ovechkin.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne explains why NHL players, despite playing the game at a high level, are still at times prone to brain cramps.

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: WB Philp on why Steven Stamkos is deserving of a Hart Trophy nomination.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Alexander Monaghan wonders if those who voted for the finalists for the Adams Trophy as coach of the year got it right.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore notes 60 million tuned in to watch the opening round of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, and the NHL and NBC shared a Sports Emmy for the “No Words” Stanley Cup Final promo.