As the calendar turned to September the nation, as is tradition every year, was swept with Stanley Cup fever. The Eastern Conference and Western Conference finals, both taking place in a bubble in Edmonton, have been exciting so far and will hopefully end up with a pair of Wisconsin Badgers facing off for the right to raise the coolest trophy in sports.
The Dallas Stars and Joe Pavelski are tied with the Vegas Golden Knights 1-1 in their best-of-seven series, with Game 3 Thursday night, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, with Ryan McDonagh, lead the New York Islanders 2-0 after their last second win on Wednesday night.
Pavelski, a native of Plover, has played in 18 games this postseason, scoring a team-leading eight goals (two on the power play) and adding four assists (two on the power play), although he has yet to tally a point in the series against Vegas. He has also won 53.69% of his faceoffs, good for second on the team.
McDonagh, a stalwart defenseman for Tampa, has one goal (including the game winner in Game 1 against the Islanders) and four assists in 12 games. He also had the game-winning assist in Game 2 with this preposterous pass with nine seconds left.
As the two series come to their conclusion lets hope that there is a chance to see a Badger hoist the Stanley Cup at the end of this weird season.