On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in the game’s second half. This crushing playoff loss prompted many on Twitter to label Atlanta as the NFL’s version of the Washington Capitals.
Warriors 🏀, Indians⚾ and Falcons🏈 all blew it. Who’s gonna be the NHL team?
— Emma (@Emmav6522) February 6, 2017
But since 2010, the Capitals have twice blown a 3-1 series lead. They were upset in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens after winning the President’s Trophy during the 2009-10 season. The Caps were eliminated in the second round by the eventual Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins after owning the league’s best regular season record last year.
We all have our ways of preparing for the annual playoff heartbreak. Here’s mine.
If you ignore the fact that there used to be a thing called “ties,” this is a very impressive statistic.
According to the fine people at the Capitals PR, the Caps’ 78 points this season are the second-most in NHL history through the first 53 games of a season. Who do they trail? The 2015-16 Capitals (40-9-4, 84 points) of course!
The Washington Capitals will celebrate Alex Ovechkin’s 1,000th point before the team’s nationally broadcast game on Super Bowl Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.
Ovechkin will get a special gift, likely another golden stick, from the organization and the National Hockey League.
The Capitals are also giving out Ovechkin face cutouts (no, not our avatar) to all fans.
Fans aren’t the only ones who (begrudgingly) think that this might finally be the Caps’ year – almost a third of NHL coaches think so too.
Hockey Hall of Fame journalist Bob McKenzie released his annual midseason coaches poll on Monday. Of the 25 bench bosses who responded, 15 of the coaches believe the Caps will play in the Stanley Cup final, and 10 believe that the Caps will hoist Lord Stanley.
Through the first half of the 2016-2017 season, Caps fans who can’t watch games on TV – or who don’t want to put up with the national broadcast teams – have only had two alternate options: stream the Caps Radio call online or be lucky enough to live in the small broadcast area for 1500 AM. They now have a third option.
The Caps announced today that all games for the rest of the season, along with pre- and post-game shows, will also air live on 104.7 FM.
And there was much rejoicing!
For the next 10 days, 25 kids from two primary schools in Beijing will be in Washington DC. On Monday, the children ranging from 6 to 12-years-old got a chance to skate with the Capitals after the NHL team’s morning skate. The mites even got to take a team picture with the Caps, which of course I’m going to have break down.
Monday night at PPG Paints Arena, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins played in a historic game likely never to be duplicated. The two rivals combined for 15 goals. Only one of tallies was scored by one of the team’s two future Hall of Famers (Sidney Crosby in the third period).
After jumping out to what seemed like an insurmountable 3-0 lead, the Capitals gave up five straight second-period goals to the Penguins.
“There were about four or five turning points,” Matt Niskanen said to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel. “The four-on-four in the second period, they get two goals in two minutes. That’s where things started to get a little crazy. Obviously they got a ton of momentum then. We couldn’t really stop them for a while.”
The Capitals would then mount comebacks two different times before eventually forcing overtime with the two teams tied 7-7.
After a controversial no call in the extra session, Conor Sheary scored the game-winning goal, ending a game that seemingly could have gone on forever.
The 15 goals were the most tallied scored in a Caps-Pens game since 1993, when the Penguins beat the Caps 7-5 on March 18, 1993.
Sunday night, the Chiefs took on the Steelers for the opportunity to play the New England Patriots in the AFC Conference Championship. Midway through the second quarter, NBC showed a shot of the Arrowhead Stadium crowd in the lower bowl. There’s a bunch of Chiefs fans, a handful of Steelers fans, and hey, wait a minute!
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