Every year in the postseason, the Washington Capitals take years off their fans’ lives, and this year has been no different.
After winning Game One 3-2 in overtime, the Capitals lost the next two games, facing a 2-1 series deficit to the eight seed in the East. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis traveled with the team up to Toronto for Game Three and his tortured face said it all.
But the Capitals have rallied. And Friday, after Justin Williams scored the OTGWG to give the Caps a 3-2 series lead, Leonsis was the happiest guy in Verizon Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have one of the best team Twitter accounts in the NHL. From the account’s emotional breakdown when the Caps ended the Blue Jackets’ 16-game win streak to their gifting of a signed jersey to an adoring Zach Werenski fan, the person behind this handle clearly gets it.
It’s come to a point where I find myself openly rooting for Columbus (and not just because I vehemently hate the Penguins and think Columbus would be an easier team to defeat in round two). Their Twitter account just makes me happy.
Here at RMNB, there have been many times after a Caps loss where we’ve argued that the team deserved to win or that they did a lot of things well despite an undesirable result. This is not one of those times.
The Caps deserved to lose Game Three. This series is not over, not by a long shot. But the path to victory just got harder after Monday’s deserved loss.
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.
On Saturday night, the Edmonton Oilers won their first playoff game since June 17, 2006 – a stretch of futility that lasted 3,954 days.
And while that’s fun, I have a hot take I must spew before it incinerates my internal organs. The Edmonton Oilers should be disqualified from the rest of the postseason because their fans did the wave tonight. During actual game play.
Barry Trotz has never gotten past the second round of the playoffs during his previous 17 years as an NHL head coach. On Tuesday, CSN Mid-Atlantic published a video interview with Trotz where he talked about how one crucial mistake could cost the Capitals in the postseason.
I added some pictures and video to go along with the transcript.
As someone who helps runs social media accounts with nearly 80,000 Capitals followers, I’ve stumbled upon a unique position on the internet to make broad observations about where the fanbase sits right now. It’s not good.
Some Caps fans are freaking out right now. A month away from the postseason, the Caps have lost four games in regulation for the first time since Barry Trotz’s first month as coach in 2014. Many have surmised that our favorite team, who once seemed infallible in January and February, peaked too early again. Others worry about the fact that Alex Ovechkin hasn’t scored in ten games. I’ve seen commenters say this season is already over. The community seems fearful about what awaits the Capitals in the playoffs.
My mind has wandered to this place too. And I want to give you the same advice that I told myself: fucking stop it.
If you’ve been living under a rock, or you don’t spend any time on the internet, Thursday was a dramatic day for fans of the local D.C. football team. The NFL’s free agency period started and the Redskins didn’t disappoint. If you need a quick update on what happened, let me clue you in.
The team decided to not re-sign some pretty important players, so those players went to other teams. Their quarterback, Kirk Cousins, is allegedly dying to go to the 49ers for some reason and requested to be traded. The Redskins made it difficult for Cousins and it’s looking like he will stay, which is very awkward and kinda reminds me of that time I broke up with a boyfriend and he simply replied, “no”. They also fired their GM, Scot McCloughan, who didn’t make it to the NFL Combine to scout for some new talent due to taking care of some family matters. But, once McCloughan was fired, some sources decided to be wildly inappropriate and blame it on his alcoholism.
As Redskins fans, this has been an extremely tough time. People are fed up and they are calling into radio shows to say they’re done with the team, being really dramatic on twitter (mainly me but that’s not new), and even showing up at Redskins Park in Ashburn with pitchforks to protest.
But, Washington football fans, it’s important to remember there is always a silver lining. What if I told you there is a promiseland of sorts that you could retreat to? What if there was a place you could go to be a fan and not be ashamed of being a fan? Well folks, there is. The sport is hockey and your new team should be the Washington Capitals.
While The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga is already planning a parade, Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had some interesting thoughts after his team’s 6-3 loss to the Capitals.
Two nights earlier, Detroit played another Metropolitan Division superpower, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Zetterberg was asked to compare the two teams.
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