Caps fans, no, you’re not crazy, and, yes, the Capitals are actively trying to kill you.
Via some excruciating stats from the Capitals PR, we now know that over a third of Capitals’ playoff games during the Ovechkin Era have gone to overtime. Yes, 35 of 102 Capitals playoff games since the 2008 playoffs have gone to sudden death (34.3 percent). That’s the highest percentage of overtime games of any franchise in the NHL during that time span.
And the Capitals, as you might have guessed, have a losing record (16-19).
Capitals fans have not responded well to this torture. Here’s a sampling of overtime tweets that Peter compiled during his Game Five recap.
— Gene Wu #ALLCAPS (@TheWuWu) April 21, 2018
— elyse (@ElyseBee) April 21, 2018
murder me @Capitals
— asia, the continent (@NotAsia) April 21, 2018
I'm way too drunj to thus
— THE BOURBON CAPS (@TheBourbonCaps) April 21, 2018
I'm losing years off my life in this overtime.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 21, 2018
These guys are taking years off my life.
— Michael Jenkins (@JenksNBCS) April 21, 2018
I'm laying on my floor thinking 'I choose this for myself. This is what I do for fun'
— Suzanne Christian (@superestsuzi) April 21, 2018
Hair going from blue to gray watching this OT
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 21, 2018
Jesus Christ what a dumb game
— RockTheRed.net (@RockTheRed) April 21, 2018
KEEP SHOOTING THE PUCK
— Cap! 13!!!!!! (@tictacbergerac) April 21, 2018
Clearly, it has taken a toll.
My 22 minutes of “exercise” during the game last night should probably go into further research for this study. pic.twitter.com/IZrSk3lBnr
— cara (@carabahniuk) April 16, 2018
The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg called the Capitals’ dalliance with overtime absurd. Other adjectives that would have worked include crazy, foolish, goofy, illogical, laughable, preposterous, stupid, unreasonable, wacky, loony, dippy, idiotic, and screwy.
Monday night, the Capitals will play their 103rd playoff game since Alex Ovechkin was drafted onto the team. The Caps have an opportunity in Game Six to eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets and advance to he second round.
With a dominant performance, the Capitals could even dismiss the Blue Jackets in regulation. But the Caps fan in me that has been scarred over the last decade thinks they’ll lose the game in overtime. And then the series will be decided during Game Seven… in overtime. Why? Because that’s just how this team does things.
Here are a few more nutty overtime stats from the Capitals PR.
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