There are any number of factors you can attribute to the resurgence of the Wizards, experiencing their best season in more than three decades. The biggest one is clear: John Walland Bradley Beal have never been better than this.
On Friday, it was the same story. Wall led the way with 42 points, while Beal tossed in 31 points on his own. They shot 27-of-42 (64 percent) from the field, combined for 11 assists, seven steals, and three blocks, and that was enough to carry the Wizards to a 115-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6. The win pushes Washington onto the conference semifinals, and it’ll face the Celtics with a chance to head to the conference finals for the first time since 1979.
The Wizards will go on to face the Celtics in Round 2 where the most petty regular season rivalry turns into a playoff rivalry. This should be good.
Secondly, and something Kucherov has benefited from, is his ability to spot a teammate up the ice, behind the other’s team pass and connect with a pass. While some announcers might refer to it as a “hope” pass, Hedman’s ability to do it time and time again shows that it is a legitimate offensive strategy, especially when teams are trying to change their lines.
As for Kucherov’s very strong claim to the team MVP title, he Cheap Youth MLB Jerseys doesn’t get to 40 goals without someone feeding him the puck. Hedman recorded an assist on 18 of his 40 goals and an amazing 13 of of his 17 power play goals. Hedman’s ability to handle the puck at the point with the man advantage was a key element to the massive improvement on special teams. In order for Kucherov to be able to fire off his lethal one-timer someone had to put the puck in the right place, more often than not that person was Hedman.