As the Washington Capitals shuffled through the locker room after the game, Braden Holtby slammed the door as he headed to the showers.
The Capitals had just lost another Game Seven to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals were out of the playoffs after the second round once again, after they fell down 3-1 early in the series. It has been nearly 20 years since the team has made it to a conference final. A few minutes later, Holtby walked back into the room.
“I don’t think we gave ourselves a chance,” Holtby said. “We’re going to have to live with that.”