Not a single member of the current Washington Capitals roster is from Washington. In fact, Jeff Halpern remains the only player born-and-bred in the area to make the local NHL team, and he's come and gone twice in his 13 seasons in the league.
So perhaps Jason Chimera, a native of Edmonton who has been with the Capitals only since 2009, could be forgiven for his response when asked Thursday about the collective public angst over the team's latest blown lead in the playoffs.
''I don't know why people keep bringing up pasts, or people keep bringing up stuff that happened,'' Chimera said. ''It's different teams every year. It's not like it's the same individuals every year.''
If Chimera were a live-long Capitals fan, he would feel differently.
He would bear the scars from rooting for a franchise that has lost eight - yes, eight - playoff series when holding a two-game lead. Nobody collapses in the postseason quite like the Capitals. 1985. 1987. 1992. 1995. 1996. 2003. 2009. 2010. A...