On Monday night, the puck will drop on one of the most anticipated Stanley Cup Finals in history. On one side of the ice is one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of skates in Alexander Ovechkin. The 32 year old star winger will finally have his opportunity to play for the cup after 13 seasons of domination for his Washington Capitals. Since “the great 8” made his debut back in 2005, his Capitals have won 3 presidents trophies and 8 division titles with each amounting to nothing more than a quick second round exit at best. At 32 years of age now, Ovechkin knows that it may be this season or bust for his Stanley Cup dream to be realized. Time slows down for no man, especially a hockey player with 13 seasons on his treads and a large number of hard hits, that would resemble a car wreck on the freeway leading into downtown Washington. The desperation for a cup is not only coming from the locker holding the number “8” inside of it, Nicklas Backstrom who has been a member of this Capitals roster since 2007 and is now 30 years old will also be playing for his first cup. The same can be said for 31 year old Olympics standout T.J. Oshie, Oshie has spent his career with the St. Louis Blues and came over to the Washington Capitals in 2015 via trade. In sports we occasionally see a young player come up and immediately get to experience the thrill and joy of a championship. It is always fascinating to see how that player responds the following season after reaching the pinnacle at an early age. You will be hard pressed to find that at Kettler iceplex in Arlington Virginia however, this core group of Capitals have waited a long time and suffered a good amount of postseason heartbreak awaiting this moment. Sure there are some good young talented players on this roster but for team leaders Ovechkin, Backstrom, Oshie and Holtby, a second trip to the Stanley Cup finals is not something that is written in stone by any means. The outcome of this finals could either be the missing piece in the career of Ovechkin, Oshie and Backstrom or it could be the series they remember forever as “the one that got away.” Players respond to desperation in different ways, some buckle under the pressure and others thrive in it. It is yet to be determined just how this group of Capitals will respond, so far throughout these playoffs they have shown an unrelenting toughness and an ability to win big games on the road, two things that are key in any quest to lifting Lord Stanley’s cup. Regardless of whether you love Ovechkin and the Caps or love to hate them, the finals of any sport are always a lot more fun when a star player is involved, especially when that player may be the biggest star in the sport without a championship. It is amazing how judgement on a legendary hall of fame career can come down to 7 games….*If necessary.


On the other side of the ice in these finals may just be the greatest sports story of all time. That’s right I said it! The Vegas Golden Knights are going to play for a Stanley Cup. Think about that. If you think for a week you still would not be able to comprehend the historic nature of this story. On June 22nd 2016 the NHL approved an expansion bid put forth to bring the first professional sports team to Vegas in sin city’s history. What has followed has been nothing short of spectacular. The story unfortunately began with tragedy. The Las Vegas shooting that took place on October 1st 2017 cast a dark cloud over not just Las Vegas but the country as a whole. The innocent lives that were lost sparked sadness and mourning over the bright lights of the strip. On October 10th, just 9 days after the tragic event, the Knights kicked off their inaugural season.However the night was dedicated not to hockey but to remembering the lives lost and honoring the heroes who put their lives on the line to save others. The atmosphere in the building that night gave everyone who was watching chills. Sports once again showed why it has the power to lift spirits and shine a light in the darkest of times. From that night forward there was a sense that we were going to witness something special with this group of cast-offs. What has followed has been history. A 51-24-7 record, a Pacific Division title and now the Western Conference crown that will send them to the Stanley Cup Finals. Just to give you some perspective on how amazing of a story this truly is, the last 2 expansion teams in the NHL were the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild back in 2000. Both teams won a COMBINED 53 games in their inaugural seasons and didn’t see playoff action until years later. Knights GM George McPhee and head coach Gerard Gallant have done something that their hometown had at a 500-1 chance of  happening. When a team has this many things go right for them there has to be a bit of luck involved….right? I am sure luck has been a factor in some of the games the Knights have won, but the bottom line is that this team is just that damn good. The net minding of goaltender Marc Andre Fleury has been nothing short of spectacular, the campaigns put together by Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, David Perron and William Kaarlson have been off the charts considering they were given their walking papers by their prior employers. On every level it seems as though McPhee and Gallant have hit the jackpot. A year ago the names on the Golden Knights roster were informed that they would not be protected by their clubs in the expansion draft. Next week those names may be engraved on the Stanley Cup. The pregame intros have been legendary. The practices are sold out with fans. This team has helped Vegas recover in its darkest hour. If a movie were to be made about this the reviews might read that “It is not believable” but this team is all too real. The stage is set. Vegas vs Washington. In a town known for gambling, who will bluff first?


Article written by Rich Warnock


Photo courtesy of TopGlobalNews.org


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    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the captial of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    The Jewish people deny Jesus as their Messiah and have stated that their Messiah has been identified and is waiting to be revealed. They say this man will rule the world under a one world religion called “spiritualism”.

    They even printed a coin to raise money for the Temple with Donald Trumps face on the front and with king Cyrus'(who built the second Temple) behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the third Temple.

    The Bible says this false Messiah who seats himself in the Third Temple will be thee antichrist that will bring about the Great Tribulation, though the Jewish people believe he will bring about world peace. It will be a false peace for a period of time. You can watch interviews of Jewish Rabbi’s in Israel speaking of these things. They have their plans set in place. It is only years away!

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically Revelation 13:16-18:

    He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we need two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.


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