Hey Capitals Fans, doesn’t look now, but here we go again. You know what mean. I have causally followed the Capitals since their inception in the NHL in 1974. I must admit that I really don’t get into them until playoff time. And luckily, I don’t bleed red like I bleed purple or I would be looking for the nearest bridge to jump off of.
Every spring the Capitals seem to find a new way to disappoint their fans. In 1983 after eight dismal, pathetic seasons, the Capitals finally made the playoff . They lost to the New York Islanders 3 games to 1 (best of five series) in the first round. The next year they won the opening round against the Flyers, but lost the in the next round to the Islanders 4 games to one. In 1985 the Capitals started their quest for choke- hood. In the best of five series against the New York Islander, the Caps squandered a two games to nothing lead and lost the series 3-2. In 1987 they squandered a 3-1 games lead in the first round to New York and lost the series 4-3. In 1992 again they had a 3-1 games lead over Pittsburgh and choked again 4-3. In 1996 and again in 2009 the Caps had a 2-0 games lead over Pittsburgh only to lose the series. Do you see where I am heading with this?
This year the Capitals won the President’s Trophy with 121 points. They are playing a Montreal team that barely made the playoffs, and were 33 points worse than them. But the Canadians have pushed the Caps to the brink. Tomorrow is game seven. Anything could happen.
Could this be yet another annaul spring hay fever choke by that the Caps somehow always get. Or could this be the year the Caps finally meet the fans expectations? Personally (for all it’s worth) I think the Capitals will win tomorrow night. But if they don’t quickly improve their game, they’ll make a quick exit in the next round. Lets hope tomorrow is Rock the Red, instead of Rock the “Dead.”