Caps Need to Keep New York Series Short

April 14, 2011 | Marty Mossa

The Washington Capitals must drive die hard Cap fans crazy.  They remind me of the Ravens.  They never make anything easy.  Now don’t get me wrong I’m excited that they came from behind last night to beat the Rangers 2-1 in overtime.  In the short term that is great, they have a 1-0 in the Atlantic Conference Quarter Round.

In the long term however if this team wants to play in late May, and through mid-June; they are going to have to make quick work of the Rangers.  The last four playoff series they have played have gone seven games.  They can’t drag out these early round series more than four or five games.  I think the Caps will win this series.  But again they need to make quick work of New York to rest for second round.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve followed the Caps since their inception in 1974.  The C in Capitals could easily stand for chokers.  In 2008 the Caps lost in the first round to Philly in seven.  In 2009 they beat the Rangers in seven in round one, but choked to Pittsburgh in seven in round two after having a 2-0 series lead.  And of course last year the the 2009-2010 President Trophy winner Capitals blew a 3-1 lead to the Montreal Canadians.  So I’m not counting my Caps before they’re hatched.  They are very creative on how to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. 

But if this team is serious about a Stanley Cup run, they need to put the metal to the pedal, beat the Rangers in four or five games, and try to avoid more overtime games.  If they win this series in six or seven with another OT thrown in there, my fear is they will burn out quickly.