NHL Playoffs 2012: The Capitals Are Delveloping into a Stanley Cup Team

May 4th, 2012 by Michael Prunka Leave a reply »
The 2012 NHL playoffs are rich with Stanley Cup virgins. The Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals are all great teams but have never won the big one.

In the last five years, the Caps have won four divisional championships. In the 2009-2010 season, they also won the Presidents' Trophy as the winningest team in the league. However, the heavily offensive style they’ve relied so heavily on in recent years hasn’t found them much success in the Stanley Cup playoffs, as their regular season successes have been marred by their inability to find success in the postseason.

The Capitals struggled through the regular season this year, leaving many to question how they would perform in the second season. Through the first 10 games of their postseason, the Caps have proved that they have evolved a lot as a playoff team.

First and foremost, they have adapted a more defensive outlook on their game. Of their 10 playoff games this year, eight have been decided by one goal, and five have been decided in overtime.

Their back lines have done a pretty excellent job shutting down the ex ...

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