According to the Canadian Press on Thursday, the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in game one of their second round playoff series. T.J. Oshie led the Capitals attack with three goals including the overtime winner.
During the CBC broadcast, Glenn Healy of CBC Sports that the series had the two best players in the National Hockey League–Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Besides Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks who had a great season, upon further reflection however, there is one player left in the NHL playoffs that deserves to be in the conversation as the NHL’s best at the moment. That player is Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars.
A left winger from Victoria, British Columbia, Benn leads the NHL in playoff assists at the moment with six and is second in playoff scoring with ten points. Benn is one point back of fellow Canadian Olympic gold medalist John Tavares of the New York Islanders, who leads all players in scoring with 11 points.
Benn also led all players in scoring during the 2014-15 National Hockey League regular season with 87 points and had more points in 2015-16 (89 points) than he did a season ago. Benn’s 176 points over the last two seasons are seven points more than Crosby (169 points) and Ovechkin, who has 152 points. Benn’s Stars begin their second round on Friday when they host the St. Louis Blues.