Assuming the weather holds and any unexpected apocalypses are dodged, the Chicago Cubs will play Saturday night at Wrigley Field for a place in the World Series. In case you’re not up on your Cubs lore, the year you’re reaching for is 1945, that being the last time the Cubs inched this close to the World Series and then did not have something terrible happen to them or do something terrible to themselves. To risk the obvious, there will be lifelong Cubs fans of a reasonable age in the ballpark Saturday night expecting to witness a party their parents never saw, that their grandparents might have a vague recollection of, that anyone who was there might impolitely point out: the heartbreak merely waited another 10 days.
Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik decided to make an aggressive play on Thursday night with his team up by a goal in the third period. As Reilly Smith of the Florida Panthers cranked up for a shot on the Capitals’ goal, Winnik dropped down to