The NHL playoff series between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins is living up to, or exceeding, expectations. Look at the facts:
The series is now moving to a Game 7, something every Stanley Cup Championship competition should shoot for.
Sidney Crosby has been awesome. Ovechkin no less, giving NHL hockey fans heroes to love.
Practically each and every game has been a nailbiter, several going into overtime.
The rivalry between the two teams has been fierce but not overly malicious. Unlike the NBA there’s been no harrasment of players mothers, owners using the spotlight to revile each other, or unsportsmanlike behavior from the fans.
In short, this series has been everything you could hope for in a Stanley Cup run. It’s also been an example of tough competition can thrive with a sense of honor and not descend into the societal degradation that the NBA seems to be not only enduring but promoting. Hey Stern, are you paying attention?Eric Drouant