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Alex Ovechkin bucks superstition, touches trophy

Alex Ovechkin trophy

Alex Ovechkin bucked a recent superstition after clinching his first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Ovechkin scored the first goal en route to a 4-0 Washington Capitals win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night.

As his team celebrated their big victory, Ovi came over to be presented with the Prince of Wales Trophy for winning the conference. Although some believe it is bad luck to touch the trophy because the focus should be on the bigger prize of the Stanley Cup, Ovechkin was not fazed and touched the trophy.

What does the data say? The superstition is overrated.

This is from Trib Live two days ago:

“According to a study done by the blog ontheforecheck.com, teams that touch the conference championship trophy since 1997 are 10-7 in the Stanley Cup Final. Teams that don’t touch the trophy are 10-13.”

Maybe Ovi knew what he was doing. Oh yeah, and the Vegas Golden Knights also were not afraid to touch the trophy. The teams will meet in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday.

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