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The Washington Capitals Have Lost That Feeling

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

In between the second and third periods of Sunday night’s season-ending gut punch of a hockey game for the Washington Capitals, the video screen that hangs above the ice played the first portion of a team-produced documentary on Nicklas Backstrom. The images flipped from Backstrom raising the Stanley Cup above his head, then to the sea of red on Constitution Avenue — a perfect day for a parade. That was three years back.

Then came Backstrom, remembering.

“I want that feeling again,” he said, and quietly.

That feeling, it seems so long ago. And after the Boston Bruins dumped the Caps from these playoffs with their fourth straight victory in this first-round series — 3-1 in Game 5 at dejected Capital One Arena — it’s worth wondering whether that feeling will be back with this group. The Capitals’ last series win in the Stanley Cup playoffs came against the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018, a spring when they won four straight series for the only time in franchise history. Since then, they’re 0-3 — each one a bit more dejecting than the last.

Lose to the Carolina Hurricanes in double overtime of a Game 7 in 2019? Eh, whatever. Look at the Cup!

Lose to the New York Islanders — and that Cup-winning coach, Barry Trotz — in five quick games of the covid-delayed first round last summer? Well, Backstrom was hurt for most of that series, and who knows how the NHL’s Toronto bubble affected anyone? Move on.

But this loss would seem to bring larger questions about what’s possible for these Caps a year from now, three years from now, for the rest of the careers of Backstrom and forever running mate Alex Ovechkin.


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Paul's avatar

Last time for Anthony Mantha tweets after the Caps were eliminated.

When you giving up Jakub Vrana, Richard Panik, 1st round draft pick and 2nd round draft pick for Anthony Mantha and you lose the first round 4-1. Yikes.

Anthony Mantha can join his former Red Wing teammates on the golf course now!

Richard Panik scored as many playoff goals for Detroit as Anthony Mantha did for for Washington this year. And that first round pick just got a hell of a lot nicer too.

Anthony Mantha plays like he weighs 160lbs. There’s a reason he didn’t fit with the Wings long-term plans.

translated from French- Anthony Mantha was supposed to bring the Stanley Cup to Washington!!! What a bad exchange from the Caps!

After scoring 4 goals in his first 4 games for the #ALLCAPS Anthony Mantha finished with zero goals in his last 15 games including these 5 playoff games.

the die was cast when they got anthony mantha from the wings. he doesn’t play smart.

This is what happens when you invest heavily in a slow, lazy player without actual skill like Anthony Mantha
Not that Ovi or Backstrom are particularly tenacious

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/24/21 at 09:56 AM ET


Man those are some brutal tweets for Mantha. “The Trade” is looking better by the day.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 05/24/21 at 11:27 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Washington not re-upping Trotz has been one of the main reasons this team cannot advance out of the first round. They may have one another cup or came close with him around.
Laviolette was not the answer. He was out coached and his veteran leadership did not do squat.

Good thing for the Wings though. It sounds like they may get a pick between 21-25. Not too shabby.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/24/21 at 12:26 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Washington not re-upping Trotz has been one of the main reasons this team cannot advance out of the first round

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/24/21 at 12:26 PM ET

100% this is one of the worst decisions made by their ownership/Gm.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 05/24/21 at 01:34 PM ET

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