by Tony on 01/21/10 at 11:19 AM ET
From the Washington Post’s Tarik El-Bashir:
Tom Poti thought he had finally pushed the painful memory of the Washington Capitals’ Game 7 collapse against the Pittsburgh Penguins into the deep recesses of his mind. But about three weeks later, the veteran defenseman discovered he had not buried it deep enough.
“Just when you’re starting to get over it, you see them hoisting the Cup, and it kind of started all over again,” Poti said Monday, nearly eight months after Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and his teammates beat the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals. “You start thinking, ‘What if we beat them? Could that have been us?’”
For Poti and many of his teammates, the only thing more excruciating than the what-ifs that consumed them during the quiet moments in the offseason has been the 253 days NHL schedule-makers forced them to wait before facing their arch rival again.
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