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Capital Disappointment Photo via DC Sports Bog The question has to be asked. As a life long Washington Capitals fan, I have to say this team frustrates me as much or more than my beloved Washington Redskins. The Washington Capitals always seem to be a regular season team that just can not win in the playoffs. For thirty years the Caps have always failed to live up to expectations when it mattered most. The past years have been disappointing, but I think last night’s loss takes the cake. Losing 5-0 on home ice in front of your own fans is just pitiful. Especially after the fact that you bring up the blown 2-0 series lead. The New York Ranger fans who attended the game at the Verizon Center last night heckled Braden Holtby early in the third period, which was flat out embarrassing. It was just the final punch in the gut to Holtby and the Capitals, their tribute to the Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who shut down the Capitals for most of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series’ seven games. The Capitals took an early 2-0 series lead vs the New York Rangers, winning two close games at home. The Rangers then returned the favor holding serve on their home ice. After trading victories, the teams went into Verizon Center for another game 7 showdown. The Rangers showed up for last nights game, and frankly, the Capitals did not, losing 5-0 in Game 7 on home ice. This was just the latest chapter in the book of soul-crushing Capitals postseason collapses. Holtby said it right when he said that the team did not put in the effort last night. Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals starting left wing was basically non-existent during the series. He only managed two points, one goal and one assist. Ovechkin had a scoreless drought if 410-plus minutes, which was the longest of this season for him. Ovi played physically in last nights loss but still, he was held without a goal since scoring in the second period of Game 1 and that just is not acceptable for a player of his stature. Back in February, the Capitals sat in last place in the conference and it didn’t look like Washington would get the opportunity to make the playoffs this year. Ovechkin went on a second half tear though on his way to leading the NFL in goals, which helped propel the Capitals on a late-season run that included an eight-game win streak and a Southeast Division Championship. The sad part is that historically speaking the Capitals are more likely to lose a series than win it after opening 2-0. This was the ninth time in Washington Capitals franchise history that they blew a two-game series lead. As disconcerting as blowing two-game series leads is, the next stat might be even worse. Game 7 losses are becoming a sad regularity with this current group of Capitals. Since Ovechkin joined the team in 2005, the Capitals are 2-5 in Game 7s. Legacies are made or broken in historic game 7s. The blown series leads and forgettable game seven showings point to the Ovechkin led Capitals teams as being a forgettable team that could only win consistently in the regular season. So the question has to be asked: Will the Caps ever win a Stanley Cup? It is starting to look more and more like this current regime won’t be able to get the job done. Related posts: Capitals Stagnant, but Braden Holtby is Showing Promise Capitals Look To Take Red Hot Week Into The Weekend Washington Capitals Half Season Preview: Bold Predictions, Bold Results. Dream Big!
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Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin had some very interesting parting words before he joined the Russian national team at the World Championships. A disappointing Game 7 loss should irritate Ovechkin, but it's not exactly something he's not familiar with. His team tends to exit in seven games quite often, giving fans high hopes then breaking their hearts.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will join Russia's team at the ice hockey world championships in Finland.
It will be Ovechkin's ninth appearance in the tournament. He helped Russia win the gold medal last year and in 2008. He has 26 goals and 18 assists in 55 games.
The news that he'll play for Russia comes Tuesday, a day after Ovechkin's Capitals were...
On Monday Night Alex Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals were eliminated from the NHL Playoffs by the New York Rangers. On Tuesday morning, Pat Leonard of The New York Daily News reported that Ovi suggested to a Russian reporter that the NHL wanted the Rangers to win game 6 and force a game 7.
“Not saying there was a phone call, but they wanted Game 7,” Ovechkin reportedly...
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,
The Capitals are quite familiar with the agony-inducing, pressure-packed contests that are a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Winner-take-all nailbiters where every shift and every mistake are magnified because at the end, one team’s season will come to a screeching halt.
Five of six contests in this series have been decided...
Alex Ovechkin was critical of the officiating in the Capitals Game 7 loss to the Rangers (courtesy of Russianmachineneverbreaks.com)
Cue Gun’s & Roses “They’re Out To Get Me”; at least that’s what Washington Capitals star winger Alex Ovechkin thinks after the team blew a 2-0 series lead only to lose in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. According to ESPN...
As the Washington Capitals gathered at their practice facility Wednesday for exit meetings and the annual explanations about what went wrong in the playoffs, there were references to bad luck and bad bounces in their first-round elimination against the New York Rangers.
''If you're asking me if there's one specific thing, I don't know,'' defenseman Mike...
I'm always going to feel confident about the Rangers winning no matter what, but after seeing the Capitals more concerned about a phantom slew foot than getting ready for a Game 7, I'm feeling better than ever.
Washington's Mike Green took an embarrassingly indiscipline penalty in the third period when he cross checked Derek Dorsett in the mouth after he thought the...
Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee says he ''didn't like the refereeing'' in his team's first-round playoff series loss to the New York Rangers.
McPhee said Wednesday the way calls went ''sure didn't feel right.''
The Rangers - the NHL's least-penalized team during the regular season - got 28 power plays in the series...
These two men are the key to tonight’s game.
I took this photo in Moscow almost exactly six years ago; Russia had just defeated Sweden for the Bronze at the IIHF World Championships. More excitingly for Capitals fans, news had just broken that Backstrom would be joining the Capitals in the upcoming season, so we asked the pair to pose as “new” teammates for the first time...
Skating on ice is tough enough, but doing it when you are missing a blade on one foot during an NHL playoff game — as we found out yesterday — is next to impossible.
That's what happened to Washington Capitals rookie Tom Wilson when he was crashed into the boards and "lost his steel" during Game 6 against the New York Rangers Sunday.
The 19-year-old rookie...
The Washington Capitals fell in another game seven on home ice Monday evening, losing to the New York Rangers in the final game of their 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series by a final score of 5-0. Henrik Lundqvist was stellar once again in net for New York, posting his second consective shutout, behind a Ranger team that pushed all of the right buttons after falling behind...
The New York Rangers visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center for Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match-up starting at 8:00 p.m. The series is tied 3-3. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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Late in the first period of only his second career playoff game, Washington Capitals rookie Tom Wilson got crushed and lost his skate blade. Wilson tried to get up and balance on one skate, while pushing with his bladeless skate but it was to no avail. Wilson ended up crawling back to the Capitals bench to get a line change and to get a new set of steel placed in his skate.
- The Caps were thinking what exactly trading for Erat? Brooks Laich's "tenure and term" is insanity too.
- I don't believe Philly and Vancouver have any choice but to amnesty Bryzgalov and Luongo. Maybe they'll trade them and their new teams will amnesty them after next year. Unless there's some rule against that.
- I thought I was listening...
#6 New York Rangers at #3 Washington Capitals
Series Tied 3-3
Location: Verizon Center
Time: 8:00 PM
TV: Local: CSN, National: NBCSN, Canada: TSN
Radio: 1500AM & 820AM
Game 1, May 2 in Washington: 3-1 W
Game 2, May 4 in Washington, 1-0 W (OT)
Game 3, May 6 in New York, 3-4 L
Game 4, May 8 in New York, 3-4 L
Game 5, May 10 in Washington...