Washington Capitals on Verge of Writing Latest Chapter in Underachieving History

May 11th, 2015 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »

For the Washington Capitals, anything less than a victory on Wednesday will mean a failure.

At least that’s how the narrative will play out in the media and with fans. Even, perhaps, among management and ownership.

In the playoffs, it’s become something of a trend. The conference finals are unfamiliar territory, but the disappointment of getting tantalizingly close and imploding is all too familiar.

The Capitals’ old coach, Bruce Boudreau, shed his reputation for being unable to work his way into the third round of the playoffs when his new flock, the Anaheim Ducks, beat the Calgary Flames on Sunday to advance to the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

If the Caps can’t manage to do the same with a Game 7 win over the New York Rangers in their third straight opportunity to eliminate their opponents, there will be no way to salvage the season as a sign of better things to come.

They’ve been here far too often.

With one of the NHL’s biggest stars in Alexander Ovechkin and a well-rounded group of talented skaters that has ...

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