The Washington Capitals have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games. The Cup defense is over.
The Canes out-shot the Caps 42 to 37.
One could understand if you, like me, thought last year’s championship meant that we would somehow be immune from the flu-like delirium/anxious firestorm that is a hockey playoff game seven. We were both wrong. This was bonkers. It’s unbelievable we do this to ourselves.
But hey, let’s talk about Caps and Canes Game Seven, and the end of the back-to-back dream.
Andre Burakovsky was first to score, capping off a great forecheck by the third line. Alex Ovechkin made some next-level moves to assist Tom Wilson for another first-period goal.
Sebastian Aho got a great rebound to score a shorthanded goal in the second, but Evgeny Kuznetsov responded with his first goal of the series. Teuvo Teravainen got a loose puck in the slot to keep the Caps lead to one goal after forty minutes.
Jordan Staal tied the game early in the third, pushing us into sudden-victory overtime. Twenty minutes of extra time didn’t give us an answer. But then, more than halfway into double overtime, Brock McGinn got a sneaky winner to end the Caps’ season.
Caps lose. Canes win the series 4 to 3.
Welp. We’re here again: game seven, the crown jewel or whatever of sport. The tippy top or somesuch of human competition. The apex of doing things while other people are trying to do things at the same time and you want to stop them. Caps. Canes. Capital One Arena. weuogboweugbwioeg
This is an open thread for reactions, rage, and revelry. Tonight it ends.
The Caps are at home to host the Carolina Hurricanes for Game Seven. Have some hope, get a drink of your choice, relax, and let’s have some fun. Go Caps.
Puck drop is at 7:30 PM and you can stream the game using the My Teams app. Peter will hook you up with a soothing, relaxing recap. Maybe.
No, Justin Williams is not a baddie now. He is, however, kind of a dick the captain of an opposing team during playoff hockey.
But he snowed Braden Holtby during Game Six, so actually the jury’s out. (But no, he’s not. But. Maybe he is.)
LET RMNB’S VERY OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION BEGIN!
The 19-year-old rookie did some light skating during the Canes morning skate ahead of Game Four, sporting a black eye and a full cage.
Svechnikov told The Athletic’s Sara Civian that he hoped to play in Monday night’s Game Six, but the forward was ultimately not cleared for the game. However, according to comments from Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour on Tuesday, he remains a possibility for Game Seven.
The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes are headed for a Game Seven. We’re going the distance, folks.
The Canes out-shot the Caps 36 to 25.
The NHL has announced the deciding game of the Capitals-Hurricanes series will be held at 7:30 PM on Wednesday night. You have up until that time to reconcile with any alienated family members, drink a skin of wine, make love to a stranger, and shatter gender norms. Once the puck drops, all that matters is gay sev.
For the first time this postseason, the Washington Capitals blew a lead, letting the Carolina Hurricanes sneak back into the game and series, forcing Game Seven on Wednesday night. But before we get there, let’s relive this pain together.
Brett Connolly kicked us off with some great moves low along the goal line. Archvillain Warren Foegele struck back, scoring on a spin-o-rama after a Canes power play expired, but Alex Ovechkin restored Washington’s lead with a beautiful wrister to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes.
Sebastian Aho pickpocketed Jonas Siegenthaler early in the second period to force a turnover and tie the game. Then, four minutes into the third period, Jordan Staal outworked Niskanen and Orlov up close to make it 3-2 Canes. Justin Williams added a deflection to make it 4-2 to surprise Holtby. Dougie Hamilton added an empty-netter.
Caps lose. The series is tied 3-3. We’re going to a Game Seven.
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