Last Updated: 2018-06-02
For those of you who had been long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans, just think of what it felt like when Don Kessinger really uncorked one and sent it over the fence.
Yeah that’s right; it didn’t happen all that often.
Kessinger came to bat 8530 times in Major League Baseball, and hit fourteen home runs. He was a 16-year veteran, which meant that he averaged less than a home run per year.
Brooks Orpik had that same kind of offensive pop, or lack of same, for the Washington Capitals, but he came up with it when it really counted, didn’t he?
Yes, we love to tell you about the special props you can engage in when you access what they have to offer at VietBet, and there are certainly some that you can play on the Stanley Cup Finals, but there is one they didn’t post that I would have liked to be in on.
Some writer found his own proposition and cashed in big.
Tommi Seppala, a hockey writer from Finland who now lives in Vancouver, was involved in something that is not uncommon at all among members of the media when they play the Finals – a pool that pays off for the player who scores the winning goal. He drew Orpik, and took home the prize, after the 3-2 Washington victory in Game 2.
And we have to acknowledge that Seppala did not have the best of it; not by a long shot, if you pardon the pun.
You see, Orpik is one of the NHL’s epic non-scorers. He is known as a “stay at home” defenseman who doesn’t take too many chances in the offensive zone. He is certainly the polar opposite of teammate John Carlson, who led the NHL in points by a backliner this season. Paired in the third defensive grouping with Christian Djoos, he went through the entire schedule without scoring a goal. But that would be to understate things.
Until that second game in Las Vegas, Orpik hadn’t found the net since February of 2016. He is notorious for this – a first-round draft choice way back in 2000, Orpik spent eleven full seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being signed to a nice free agent deal by the Capitals, where he has spent the last three campaigns. During this entire time, he has sixteen goals and 173 points, which is a lot less than the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux had in their best seasons.
As VietBet patrons may have guessed, the 37-year-old Boston College product had to get a little lucky to do it, as his shot took a ricochet off Vegas right wing Alex Tuch’s elbow and got by Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Caps a 3-1 lead, which they did not relinquish.
And, well, Seppala was the luckiest guy on press row, as Braden Holtby came up with what might forever be known as “The Save” when he used the paddle of his stick to thwart – yes, that same Alex Tuch – with precious little time remaining and Fleury pulled over to the bench, to preserve the win.
You might say that Seppala was the beneficiary of the NHL’s version of the “No Tuch Rule,” but even with his win, we can’t sit here and tell you he got much value. He contributed $20 to the pool and won $720, which means that, assuming his $20 was included in that total, paid off at 35-to-1 odds. He took the worst of it, considering Orpik has scored a goal roughly once every 54 games. But who wants to quibble?
Looking way ahead in these Finals, VietBet has posted advance lines on future games, if you want to be so bold. Washington is the -130 favorite in Game 6, while Vegas is the -135 choice in Game 7. We don’t even know if the series will get that far. Orpik, an “old school” guy and skilled penalty killer who brings a physical element to the table and is one of the most respected people on the roster, may figure into those outcomes. Still, I don’t see any prop on him scoring another goal.
Not yet, anyway.
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