It’s that familiar time of year. That time of year when the Washington Capitals exit in the second round and we can all start rooting for the Giant Meteor or begin pretending that we’ve never heard of the sport of hockey. Wednesday night, after so much buildup, the Caps were shutout 2-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, thus bowing out of the playoffs. There are no highlights to give.
At times during this series, the Caps did some good things. At other times, they did not. As you well know by now, they outshot the Pens by a wide margin throughout all seven games, but “almost” was still a thing, as the Caps failed to bury their chances and struggled to make a dent on the scoreboard.
There can be none.
Was this the end of a window? Did it just slam shut on the Capitals? There is no doubt that this will be an emotional summer. The team will be different next year, as dictated by the salary cap. The heartbreak and frustration might make it easier to part with some familiar names, or it might muddy the waters over who should stay and who should go. The Caps likely won’t be “bad,” and the prospect cupboard isn’t totally barren (but isn’t fully stocked, either). And who knows, maybe having the pressure of being a juggernaut lifted from their shoulders could be a good thing — maybe they’ll surprise come playoffs.
Stats courtesy of Corisca.Hockey and NaturalStatTrick.
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