Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis has been hard to miss during the team's run to the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs—both for his bushy red beard and his standout play on a loaded blue line.
The Ducks exorcised some playoff demons on Wednesday, but the Capitals fell victim to theirs. Anaheim snapped its streak of five straight Game 7 losses by topping the Oilers and moving on to the West final, while the Penguins eliminated Washington for the second consecutive year.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored 2:40 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals their first win over their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Game 3 that was marred by an early injury to Sidney Crosby.
Jakob Silfverberg notched a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Ducks' offensive outburst in Game 3 against the Oilers. For the Predators, a strong defensive corps helped lead the offense to a 2-1 series lead over the Blues.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau capped off his big day with a double-overtime strike, giving the Senators a win over the Rangers and a 2-0 series lead, while the Penguins used an offensive outburst of their own to take Game 2 against the Capitals.
Brooks Oprik has a Stanley Cup ring from his tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now he'll have to go through them as the Washington Capitals look to win it all. Here's what the veteran defenseman has to say about the two franchises.