The Washington Capitals have been eliminated by the New York Rangers.
There was a moment around lunchtime when I had actually convinced myself game seven between the Capitals and Rangers might not be a low-scoring, one-goal game decided in overtime. Maybe you thought the same. If so, you’re a dummy too. This was always going to be tight. It was always going to be a goalie duel. This was always going to be excruciating. The only thing we didn’t know was that this was the end.
Alex Ovechkin scored in the first period, fighting to win a faceoff then driving to the net as Marcus Johansson dealt him the puck. A glut of penalties sucked up the second period, capped off by Kevin Hayes’ goal to knot the game heading into the third period. The Rangers pushed late, but some great work by the Caps forward depth and Braden Holtby held on for overtime, which is when Josh Groban said
THIS RANGERS CAPITALS GAME.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) May 14, 2015
and he was right. The Capitals were frenzied in OT, but a spat of icings gave the Rangers a chance to strike and strike they did. Derek Stepan ended it.
Rangers beat Caps 2-1 in overtime. That’s the end of the season.
"COACH, NICE GAME SO FAR. HOW MANY WITCHES TOES AND TOAD TONGUES DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A WINNING ELIXIR EEEEEHEHEHEHE" pic.twitter.com/if9LM3Hao5
— Kyle M. (@KyleWIIM) May 14, 2015
— RMNB (@russianmachine) May 14, 2015
These were two excellent hockey teams. One team had to win, but we can’t pretend like either is dramatically better than the other. This seven-game series with razor-sharp margins is testament to that.
Lots more to come from RMNB, but let me leave you with this:
That was a damn good season: the best they’ve played in half a decade. We’ve seen nearly every player on the roster improve dramatically from the year before. We’ve seen more fun on and off the ice than at any time during this website’s existence. And we’ve seen some excellent freaking hockey.
It’s okay to be sad, Caps fans. I’m sad. Let’s just not stay that way for long.
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