Smith-Pelly to skip White House visit if Caps win Cup

Washington Capitals player plans to skip White House visit if team wins Stanley Cup | TheHill

Devante Smith-Pelly tied Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday night with a pretty goal while he was falling to the ice.

But he became a key member of the Capitals with 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in an National Hockey League career-high 75 games in the regular season and eight points (seven goals, one assist) in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including a goal in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the Final.

Smith-Pelly, who is from Canada, didn't pull any punches when saying he would not attend.

He was one of four Capitals players to beat Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in a 4-3 Washington win. "I appreciate Washington wanting to bring me in and give me a try".

"The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist", the Caps' right wing said of Donald Trump Wednesday to Canadian outlet Postmedia, as the team prepared for Thursday's Game 5 against the Las Vegas Knights.

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Smith-Pelly stopped a pass/shot with his skate and kicked it out to himself for a shot attempt. "I don't know, I don't know. I mean, we'll see", Trump said. "I kind of swung at it, and it all worked out". He had two game winning goals.

The 25-year-old Smith-Pelly has scored in the last two games of the finals and had six goals - two of them winners - and an assist in the playoffs.

The Capitals won their 10th game on the road in the postseason to equal the league record which had been set four times previously, most recently by the 2012 Los Angeles Kings.Washington, who entered the league as an expansion team in 1974, ended the miraculous season of the Knights, who are just the third NHL team in league history to reach the finals in their inaugural campaign. "Whether it's a blocked shot or whatever".

Moreover, there is at least one player from the current winning team who made his intentions quite clear way before they even bagged the Stanley Cup. "We knew we were going to get some looks [in Game 5] and we were going to capitalize, and that's what we did".


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