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What Went Wrong: The Washington Capitals (NSFW)

05/14/13
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This is a continuing series that will explore why the various teams that fall by the wayside did exactly that.

I’ll be perfectly honest.  I barely watched any of this series because no one in their right mind should ever willingly watch the New York Rangers play what they call hockey.  It’s a shame that everyone has welded New Jersey and awful trap hockey together in their minds because the Rangers have been doing it much more boringly for the last several years.  The difference is that the Devils at least have Elias and Kovalchuk and a few other fun players, not to mention a goalie that’s a winner.  But I’m sure I’ll have a chance to eulogize the Rangers later.  Let’s talk about the Capitals.

The storyline in this series was that the Capitals could not score goals on Henrik Lundqvist and the five players playing goaltender in front of him.  The Rangers blocked 161 shots in this series, over 20 per game, and 20 more than the next closest team, Toronto.  I know they only went six, but defensive stalwarts (who have actual talent in net) St. Louis and Los Angeles didn’t even manage that combined.

Alexander Ovechkin was awful with one goal and one assist, but let’s not let Nicklas Backstrom (1g, 2a), Jason Chimera (1g, 2a), Trou Brouwer (1g, 1a), or Mike Ribeiro (1g, 1a) free of any blame.  This was a team that was reasonably talented offensively during the regular season and they just collapsed.  And it’s not like it would have taken much.  Every loss up until game seven was by one goal.  Of course the Capitals also won two games in overtime so maybe it shouldn’t have been that much of a series to begin with.

All I know is we’re treated to at least one more round of fellating Lundqvist while other players with more impressive playoff resumes constantly get dragged through the mud.

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