If you can't beat them, become them. Such is the formula in San Jose, where the revamped Sharks have emulated the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings' style -- and so far, so good.
If the Capitals make the playoffs, Alexander Ovechkin would be a major reason. But eventually people will come to understand there are many other reasons to fear the boys from Washington.
They will be at the center of every game, usually the hero and often the goat, talked about more than any other player. They are the goaltenders.