If the Capitals can eke out a win tonight at PPG Paints Arena, they will win a playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since 1994 and advance to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 1998. (If they don’t, they can try again on Wednesday.)
Puck drop is at 7:00 PM, so let’s all mute NBCSN together and watch it silently. Peter will provide your recap.
The final regular season stats:
|Shot Attempt %||52.3%||48.3%|
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Stephenson
Vrana – Eller – Oshie
Connolly – Boyd – Smith-Pelly
Walker – Beagle – Chiasson
Kempny – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Djoos
Feeling ambivalent about what a second-round playoff series victory means for the Caps and the larger DC sports landscape? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Since going to the Finals in 1998, the Caps have had six chances to advance to the third round (NYR x4, PIT x2, all Ovi Era). As you know, they're 0-6 and have been outscored 18-8. They've held 1-0 leads in two of those games, their only leads. Let's, uh, change that, fellas.
— Japers' Rink (@JapersRink) May 7, 2018
Ok, help with an office debate. If the Caps win tonight (if if if if if), it would be the biggest win in D.C. sports since —–?
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) May 7, 2018
NBC with the reminder about DC's record when one game away from the final four at intermission of Boston-Tampa game. pic.twitter.com/yId8MkfynM
— Eric Fingerhut (@ericfingerhut) May 6, 2018
And don’t forget, beating the Penguins would be like beating the Blooper Bowser in Super Mario Bros. Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!
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