Penguins eliminate Capitals in Game 7: Ranking the 30, yes 30, stars for Pittsburgh’s series

NHL gives out three stars every game. After the Pens beat the Caps, we’re giving out 30.

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After every NHL contest, the three stars of the game are awarded. It was no different last night in Washington, D.C., when the Penguins eliminated the Capitals in Game 7 and the honors went to Marc-Andre Fleury (of course), Bryan Rust (yep) and Braden Holtby (haha, wut).

But the outcome of that game was far too good for just three measly stars. So here are the 30 stars of the game, in no particular order.

30. Marc-Andre Fleury

The guy who was supposedly on his way out of town, just saved the team (and every Capitals shot). He’s the Flower That Saved Pittsburgh.

29. The Steps

28. Caps fans

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You know, for not stabbing anyone who was taunting them from the steps of the National Portrait Gallery. Thanks, Caps fans! Sincerely.

27. Good things happening to good people

26. The smile Fleury wanted to see

25. Bad things happening to bad people

When you put trash in your Tom Wilson today, thank the waste can for scoring 0 points in the series, being a minus-3 and going 0-for-11 on shots. Hashtag: blessed. Hashtag: garbage. Hashtag: Tom Wilson.

24. Evgeni Malkin’s predictions

23. Pens Knitting Lady

From The Pensblog all the way to the Wall Street Journal. Maybe she can do the Capitals a favor and knit them a replica Stanley Cup.

22. Bryan Rust

He always seems to find the back of the net in big games, and his goal midway through the second period silenced the arena and put the Capitals fully into panic/playoff mode.

21. Braden Holtby

He always seems to find pucks in the back of his net in big games. And he is also mean to his stick. Sad!

20. Marc-Andre Fleury’s shaft

Whereas as Marc-Andre Fleury is nice to his stick. Very nice.

19. Your dad

First of all, for raising you a Penguins fan. But also for remaining a very good player at his age.

18. The whole 4th line

Cullen, Scott Wilson and especially Carter Rowney were outstanding in Game 7. Rowney was all over the ice and when his No. 37 jersey folded the right way, it looked at times like there was another 87 out there. An outstanding game from start to finish by the man from Sexsmith, Alberta.

17. Chad Ruhwedel

Forced into major playoff minutes due to the injuries to Kris Letang and Trevor Daley, Ruhwedel did well. How well? We can all spell “Ruhwedel” now with ease. And they said it could never be done.

16. Matt Niskanen