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A Reversal Of Fortune For The Washington Capitals

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

The old standards about their luck and their fortitude no longer apply. Lock them in a cabinet. Keep them in a scrapbook. Don’t tell your kids what it once was like to root for this team.

Yes, it’s only one exchange, and Friday was only one game, and we don’t know what will happen to them the rest of this series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. But we know the Capitals have a thorough 4-2 victory in the opener, and we know it was built on an exchange the likes of which the Capitals have never seen so deep in the postseason.

“Obviously,” Holtby said, “a turning point in the game.”

Distilled, it was this: The Lightning scored the tying goal. The referees (rightly) took it away. The Capitals scored two seconds later. It’s essentially first-and-goal from the 1 — and Washington returned an interception 99 yards.


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The Tampa Bay Lightning Looked Flat In Game 1 Against The Washington Capitals

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

Turns out, this Caps team is pretty good. And, oh, you can forget all that baloney about Washington just being happy to be here. Looks as if they have some plans of their own, Stanley Cup plans that include busting through Tampa Bay to get there.

The Lightning came out flat and then got really flattened. The final score was 4-2. Don't be fooled. It wasn't that close. It was brutal loss, the kind that shakes confidences and plants doubts.

Now the good news is the Lightning has been in this spot before. Just last round, it got blown out by the Bruins in Game 1 and rallied to win the next four games. Time and time again the past few years, this group has suffered what appeared to be shattering losses only to put the pieces back together again and claw back to life.

The bad news? The Lightning isn't playing the Bruins anymore. Washington is bigger than Boston. Tougher. Scarier. Stingier on defense. Steadier in goal. More dangerous on offense.

In a word: better.

You can say it's only one game. That's true. But if felt like more than one game. It felt like a statement. It looked like a clinic.

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Open Post- Game 1 Of The Eastern Conference Final

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET with the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Washington Capitals.

Game is on NBCSN (Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher), CBC, SN (Paul Romanuk; Garry Galley; Kyle Bukauskas) and TVAS.

Comment away on this Friday night.

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Your Picks For The Eastern And Western Conference Finals

You may want to check how you did in round 2 and if you did not submit picks, by all means do so now for the Conference Finals.  I went 3-1.

Team with home ice advantage listed first.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals

Winnipeg Jets vs Vegas Golden Knights

Extra credit if you pick the number of games to win each series.

note- original post was 10:45pm on 5/10/18

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Four Teams Still Standing

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Pittsburgh Penguins' run to the first Stanley Cup three-peat in 35 years would have been a great story to follow but it's over. Nevertheless, the demise of Sidney Crosby & Co. hardly leaves the NHL without story lines.

In fact, the league will be full of them as the conference finals open Friday night at Tampa Bay's Amalie Arena.

It's Washington at Tampa Bay in the East to get things started, and Vegas at Winnipeg in Game 1 of the West final on Saturday. This will be the first final four in NHL history where the teams combined for just one previous Cup win, that being Tampa Bay's Game 7 triumph over Calgary in 2004. And in quite the indignity to Sabres fans, the West final features two teams who weren't even in the league in 2011, the last time Buffalo made the playoffs.

The Capitals will be playing a conference final game for the first time since 1998 – when they won Game 6 at then-Marine Midland Arena on an overtime goal by Joe Juneau that eliminated the Sabres.


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Afternoon Line- George McPhee

“I was really happy for them. Very proud of them. They deserved better over the years, it’s been a good team for a long time. They just couldn’t push through. That was certainly a big relief for the organization.”

-George McPhee, GM of the Vegas Golden Knights and former GM for the Washington Capitals.  Sportsnet has more on this topic.

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Evening Line- Ken Campbell On The Washington Capitals

Readers of the Washington Post’s website were issued the following instructions: “Evgeny Kuznetsov’s overtime goal: Watch it, listen to it, never forget it.” You’ll have to excuse this version of the Capitals for acting like it has never been here before. That’s because it has never been here before.

So go ahead Capitals and their fans, celebrate by singing Ding Dong the Witch is Dead for the next day or two. But the Capitals are going to have to park that euphoria in a hurry if they have any designs on moving past the Eastern Conference final and fulfilling their destiny as a Stanley Cup champion. This team that has finally accomplished so much has, in the grand scheme of things, accomplished nothing.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News where you can read more on the Capitals.

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The Washington Capital Finally Reach The Conference Finals

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The Capitals are in the conference final for the first time since 1998. Like most of his players, Trotz, 55, had never made it past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. So he as much as anyone understands what this means to forward Alex Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom, defenseman John Carlson and the rest of the Capitals core. Ovechkin, 32, has been in the League for 13 seasons; like Trotz, he had repeatedly been reminded he'd never been to a conference final.

Thanks to a complete team effort capped by center Evgeny Kuznetsov's breakaway goal 5:27 into overtime Monday, that's no longer the case.

"I've been at this for a while and it's so hard to move forward sometimes," Trotz said. "It's always thrown in your face everywhere you turn. I know it's thrown in Ovi's face everywhere he turns and he's a great player in this league. … I knew the frustration because you're so close and you just can't get it. You've just got to stay with it."


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Morning Line- Alex Ovechkin

May be NSFW due to the F word.


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Videos- The Washington Capitals Finally Beat The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

 It was one play in one moment as 10 p.m. approached on a Monday night in May, but when the puck landed on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick and he took a powerful stride to the goal, decades rode with him. Tell us the teams in our town aren’t intertwined with their fates. Point out that one version of the Washington Capitals has nothing to do with those that came before it.

“I never focus on the history,” Kuznetsov said.

And yet there it was, on his stick blade. So much history. For the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, a nemesis if there ever was one. For the man who found Kuznetsov open in the middle of the ice, Alex Ovechkin. For Washington as a sports town, questioning belief and commitment and whether hope was sustainable — or even worth it.


from Dave Allen of D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post,

As Evgeny Kuznetsov skated in on Penguins goalie Matt Murray with a step on the two defenders giving chase more than five minutes into overtime on Monday, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had just one thought.

“Please score,” a smiling Ovechkin, who was speaking for every Capitals fan and had sprung his countryman on the breakaway with a pass off a Pittsburgh turnover, told NBC Sports Network’s Pierre McGuire when asked what was going through his mind. “Just f—— please score.”


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