Washington Capitals: What It’ll Take to Bring the Cup Home

January 1st, 2010 by Kyle Holland Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals, who are second in the East, fourth in the NHL overall and first in goals scored this season, are considered a favorite from the East to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals this year, along with Pittsburgh and New Jersey. They certainly have their work cut out for them against the other two teams.

Pittsburgh has virtually the same team it did when it won the Cup—minus Sykora, Satan, Scuderi, and Gil. Satan and Sykora were virtually disposable and invisible during the Cup run, but Scuderi and Gil were vital.

However, Pittsburgh has done a great job scouting and developing players on their blue-line and Jay Mckee and Mark Eaton are doing a fine job as shutdown defense men for them.

Pittsburgh's biggest advantage is in net and with its centers. Fleury has proven in his young age that he's going to be one of the most elite goaltenders in the NHL for years to come with back-to-back Cup finals appearances along with a Cup win. He single handily won Games Six and Seven for Pittsburgh to capture the Cup. His save at the end of Game Seven against Lidstrom broke my heart because I swear it was going in and sending the game into eve ...

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