See, Gary Bettman wants Alexander Ovechkin in the Stanley Cup finals.
The NHL president hates Canadian teams.
In fact, he hates Canada and would rather soak up the rich tradition and redolent hockey atmosphere in Phoenix and Nashville.
And Bettman will do anything in his considerable power to make sure American teams advance as far as possible in the playoffs.
Consider the latest evidence of Bettman’s perfidy:
An explicable video review stops the Canadiens momentum after Andrei Kostitsyn scores to make it 4-1.
Mike Knuble interferes with Jaro Halak on the goal that put the Capitals back in the game.
L.A. wins after Vancouver is penalized for too many men in OT.
I think not.
Alex Kovalev was put on the DL because he knew too much.
Paranoids have the facts, and just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the NHL isn’t trying to screw you.