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Rite of Spring 2018-“What happens in the playoffs stays in the playoffs”

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I'll be pulling for Washington moving forward, but I'm concerned they expended too much energy both physically and emotionally in finally beating Pittsburgh that they're going to have a letdown against Tampa who is probably the hottest team in the playoffs right now and just easily dispatched a Bruins team who I would say is scarier than the Capitals. 

 

Can't help but feel like we're going to see a Vegas-Tampa Bay final. 

 

8 hours ago, Kramerica Industries said:

 

Just think about the Penguins or Blackhawks or SF Giants or the Red Sox or Patriots winning three pro championships in that time.

 

I was 10 in June 2004. I :censored: ing loved it, but I'd love it even more being old enough to appreciate the difficulties of what followed and what it took to get back. 

 

wow you are younger than I thought. 

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40 minutes ago, McCarthy said:

I'll be pulling for Washington moving forward, but I'm concerned they expended too much energy both physically and emotionally in finally beating Pittsburgh that they're going to have a letdown against Tampa who is probably the hottest team in the playoffs right now and just easily dispatched a Bruins team who I would say is scarier than the Capitals. 

 

Can't help but feel like we're going to see a Vegas-Tampa Bay final. 

I'm very concerned about playing Tampa for a number of reasons.  Getting Wilson and (hopefully) Backstrom back helps, but Tampa's top-to-bottom depth for both forwards and defensemen easily is better than the Caps'.  They've got several lines that can score on you and a good goalie.  And they just dispatched a Cup favorite heading into the postseason in 5 games.  And let's not forget, the Caps still have to do more to shed that "choker" label for good, namely winning about 8 more games.

 

But I am encouraged by the way this team has responded to adversity this postseason.  Down 2-0 to the Jackets after two home losses?  Win four in a row.  Lose a Game 1 to Pittsburgh at home that you absolutely dominated, save for five minutes? Win four of the next five.  I don't think the Caps are going to roll over.  But I'd take Tampa in 6.

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11 hours ago, NYUNDERDOGS said:

ITS THE END OF THE WORLD

THE CAPS MADE IT PASS THE SECOND ROUND

WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIEEEEEEEEEEEE

 

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2 hours ago, Crabcake47 said:

I'm very concerned about playing Tampa for a number of reasons.  Getting Wilson and (hopefully) Backstrom back helps, but Tampa's top-to-bottom depth for both forwards and defensemen easily is better than the Caps'.  They've got several lines that can score on you and a good goalie.  And they just dispatched a Cup favorite heading into the postseason in 5 games.  And let's not forget, the Caps still have to do more to shed that "choker" label for good, namely winning about 8 more games.

I would say 6 games. Any team that loses in game 6 or 7 of the Cup Finals should be safe from being labeled "chokers," in any year.

 

Also, it all depends on the year. Vegas can be swept in the Conference final, and no one will be accusing them of choking. Washington didn't come into this playoffs with the kind of hype or expectation they did the last 2 years. I would say that most people will stop calling them chokers if they lose to TB in 6 or 7, with their heads held high. That is to say, as long as they show up and are just outplayed by a deeper team.

 

I think the majority expected whoever won the TB/BOS series to go to the final, much like the WPG/NSH, in the West.

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Yeah I'd say choking is when you lose to a team you could/should beat, which has been pretty much every Capitals playoff exit in this era. If you're outmatched and lose that's very different. The Capitals kind of remind me of the Sharks of a couple years ago. Better Sharks teams than that for years were tripped up in the playoffs by teams they should've beaten, then it all comes together and they go on a run to the final, but lose to a team that was a matchup nightmare for them. Since then, though, I haven't heard the same chokers label aimed at the Sharks as it was up to and after blowing the 3-0 lead to the Kings. 

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If Washington gets to the Cup Finals; and loses 4-2 to Vegas (let's face it; it's probably going to be Vegas vs. TB/WAS), then I wouldn't call them 'chokers' anymore; but they need to at least get back to the ECF in 2019 I think to attempt to fully shed the choker label.

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14 minutes ago, habsfan1 said:

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Ooooh that’s sweet to see :D

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5 minutes ago, Crabcake47 said:

Ooooh that’s sweet to see :D

 

I made it. :)

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4 hours ago, McCarthy said:

I'll be pulling for Washington moving forward, but I'm concerned they expended too much energy both physically and emotionally in finally beating Pittsburgh

 

I disagree.

 

if they won in 7, maybe.

 

but TB and WAS clinched 1 day apart, so it’s not like a rest/rust situation.

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1 hour ago, Dalcowboyfan92 said:

If Washington gets to the Cup Finals; and loses 4-2 to Vegas (let's face it; it's probably going to be Vegas vs. TB/WAS), then I wouldn't call them 'chokers' anymore; but they need to at least get back to the ECF in 2019 I think to attempt to fully shed the choker label.

Probably is an awfully strong word. I won't be shocked if it's Vegas, but the WCF will be the first time, this playoffs, that the Knights face a team with depth that at least equals their own.

 

Depth and Fleury are the 2 biggest strengths Vegas has going for them. Quick did as good a job as MAF, but depth was a difference maker.

 

If it's Winnipeg, I give the goalie edge to the Jets, depth to the Knights.

 

With Nashville, goalie edge to Vegas, and depth to the Preds.

 

Either way, the next round should be the toughest matchup Vegas has seen, yet. That plus relative inexperience gives them the low ground, as I see it (slightly more so, versus Nashville).

 

Like I said, I'm about 60/40 on Central advancing, if it's the Preds. 55/45 versus the Jets. Can the Knights do it? Sure, but acting like it's a foregone conclusion seems pretty foolish.

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For the rational people, Washington will shed the choker label with a good performance against Tampa unless they give up a 3-1 series lead or something. For the Twitter hot take artists, the Caps will need to win the whole thing and maybe even do more in the future. 

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46 minutes ago, LMU said:

 

What the hell? Headline writer got a bit jumpy.

 

It's four paragraphs that essentially say "the Knights are winning and the players are nice!" followed by a collection of photos.

 

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9 minutes ago, Still MIGHTY said:

 

What the hell? Headline writer got a bit jumpy.

 

It's four paragraphs that essentially say "the Knights are winning and the players are nice!" followed by a collection of photos.

 

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Then you look through the pictures and several of them are just advertising stunts.  Wow, the company that built the arena is doing Knight-related stuff!  Hey, a car dealer is getting gimmicky! 

 

Plus, some of the fans wearing crazy crap shots are what happens to every team on a playoff run.  I remember the shots from the 2002 World Series with kids dressed as Rally Monkeys.  It's nothing special.

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On the NHL's official site, there is an article being promoted on the slideshow entitled "Penguins look to future after playoff loss."  That's fine.  It's just that that article is ahead of the article entitled "Ovechkin gets first taste of Eastern final."

 

I wonder if Gary Bettman cried himself to sleep last night.  McGuire probably did too.

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3 hours ago, LMU said:

Bruh.

 

I love this team. Vegas loves this team. Especially for what it means to the city after October 1, but that writer has lost her marbles. An impossible season fueled by great tragedy makes a great story, but it don’t make us Hockeytown.

 

Gotta win some cups and build a legacy to lay claim to that title, and the truth is we may get bounced in the next round anyhow. Pass the weed Mikayla.

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The Chicago/Pittsburgh/Boston/Los Angeles Tyranny is finally over :D

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