The Washington Capitals won 55 games this season, capturing their second straight Presidents’ Trophy. For me, watching the regular season seemed almost meaningless — just something to slog through before we got to the real action. Now the playoffs are here and the comfort of regular season dominance is gone, as the Capitals head to Toronto tied 1-1 in their first round series with the Maple Leafs
“We’ve been chasing this series a little bit,” Washington head coach Barry Trotz told reporters after the Leafs won 4-3 in double overtime.
The Caps, for sure, have been chasing the Leafs, a faster and younger team. Toronto barely made the playoffs, but they’ve put the Capitals on the ropes at times, jamming up passing lanes, forcing turnovers, and creating breakaways by flying past Capitals defenders — somewhat reminiscent what the Pittsburgh Penguins did to the Caps on their way to the Stanley Cup last year.