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

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Just now, SabresRule7361 said:

 

40 more years before the Nationals win one! 

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47 minutes ago, SabresRule7361 said:

Who do you think feels more WHY DID I LEAVE THE CAPS right now- Alzner, Justin Williams, or Shattenkirk?

 

Justin Williams gonna be just fine I think.

 

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29 minutes ago, Crabcake47 said:

And what a GWG it was. Talk about exorcising demons. The Caps getting a lucky break on a shot initially saved by Marc-Andre Fleury, which is hammered home by a guy they got for essentially peanuts from Montreal? Perfect. 

 

Eller was pretty good in Montreal and the city here is very happy for his & DSP's Cup win & that he scored the Cup winning goal on top of that!

 

Sometimes, players prepare to their fullest to shut down a team's top line. They don't expect sparks from the bottom 6, so that's what happens.

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1 minute ago, habsfan1 said:

 

Eller was pretty good here in Montreal and the city here is very happy for his & DSP's Cup win & that he scored the Cup winning goal on top of that!

 

Sometimes, players prepare to their fullest to shut down a team's top line. They don't expect sparks from the bottom 6, so that's what happens.

Oh I’m not doubting that. Was always a fan of Eller even when he was in Montreal. But two second rounders is nothing for a third line center that scores, checks, is on the second PP unit and kills penalties. He also filled in for Backstrom brilliantly while he was out. 

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8 minutes ago, Crabcake47 said:

Oh I’m not doubting that. Was always a fan of Eller even when he was in Montreal. But two second rounders is nothing for a third line center that scores, checks, is on the second PP unit and kills penalties. He also filled in for Backstrom brilliantly while he was out. 

 

As a Habs fan, I can confirm that our fans have, justifiably, a ton of issues with our team's management on so many levels. The Habs lost out on that move and the Caps benifited from it.

 

For now, I'm just enjoying these playoffs, finals, and post-game stuff because it was very entertaining.

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On 5/1/2018 at 11:00 PM, Ice_Cap said:

I'll believe the Caps will beat the Penguins when they've actually done it. Until then? I'm convinced Pittsburgh will find a way to pull it out.

 

It's nothing personal, Caps fans. I don't actually have anything against you guys or your team. Olaf Kolzig was pretty cool, after all. I'm just saying. I've become jaded and cynical regarding this team in the playoffs. Prove me wrong, Capitals. Prove me wrong.

Good job guys :)

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D.C. finally gets a champion after so long! And it's nice to see Ovechkin finally get his moment after 14(!) years.

 

It's funny... this is the first time I see one of my local teams win a championship. I bet all the bars in the area were crazy, and I bet the viewing party at Capital One was downright chaos. There's going to be a lot of happy people around here after that.

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8 hours ago, the admiral said:

It actually wasn't.

 

Actually, it was.

 

 

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Woo! Washington won! Ovie finally got his hands on Lord Stanley's Cup!

 

The Capitals long Legacy of Failure is over.

 

 

From an 8-67-5 expansion year to a Stanley Cup Champion almost 45 years later; all those heartbreaks, playoff collapses and chokes. Washed away. No more [censored] Penguins memes, no more "Ovi won't win the Cup", no more "Legacy of Failure".

 

No more.

 

Congrats Ovi and Co., you guys deserved this. The city deserved it. Vegas's Cinderella run might be over, but they may be back. They now know what it takes to get here again, now all eyes are going to be on them. Will they crack under the pressure? Or, will they rise up and prove everyone wrong again?

 

Washington now knows they have the mental fortitude to get here. I'll be honest, I turned my back on them after they got down 0-2 to Columbus. When Pittsburgh came back from a 2-goal deficit in Game 1. When Tampa roared to three straight wins in the ECF.

 

However, when Vegas went up 1-0 in the SCF, I didn't feel extremely worried. Washington had a few pucks bounce the wrong way, that luck then seemed to flip-flop over to Vegas. And when Holtby made that now-famous save; it seemed to take almost all of Vegas's wind of out their sails. They couldn't find the net in Game 4, and they played very chippy.

 

The Perron goal is to me, sketchy; interference to me. But, that goal was a microcosm of previous Capitals' frustrations. And going down into the penultimate period down 3-2, they got back up off the mat and delivered the finishing blow on a beautiful goal by Eller.

 

Congratulations to both Washington and Vegas on a fantastic season of hockey. Hope to see the Caps back in SCF again next year!

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I've already bought a shirt and a towel for my Stanley Cup swag. I'm already looking at possibly spending over $100 on Caps Cups swag.

 

This is the first team I've rooted for win their league's Championship since the Dallas Stars in 1999, but I was a little too young to remember anything besides the controversial "skate in the crease" goal.

 

If I'm spending this much; imagine what more diehard fans would/are going to spend @Crabcake47

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2 minutes ago, Dalcowboyfan92 said:

I've already bought a shirt and a towel for my Stanley Cup swag. I'm already looking at possibly spending over $100 on Caps Cups swag.

 

This is the first team I've rooted for win their league's Championship since the Dallas Stars in 1999, but I was a little too young to remember anything besides the controversial "skate in the crease" goal.

 

If I'm spending this much; imagine what guys like @Crabcake47

Oh yeah dude. I’m already looking at dropping $200 on the jersey with the Cup final patch. Debating between Backstrom and Oshie. 

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23 minutes ago, Crabcake47 said:

Oh yeah dude. I’m already looking at dropping $200 on the jersey with the Cup final patch. Debating between Backstrom and Oshie. 

 

I still plan to get something else (maybe the DVD/Blu-Ray) or I saw a Stanley Cup crystal puck made with ice from the rink. The puck made from the rink ice sounds awesome.

 

EDIT: http://shop.nhl.com/Washington_Capitals_Gear/Washington_Capitals_Fanatics_Authentic_2018_Stanley_Cup_Champions_Crystal_Puck_-_Filled_with_Ice_From_the_2018_Stanley_Cup_Final

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The first time I learned about TJ Oshie was when he took all those penalty shots in the the Olympics. I didn't know he was on the Caps (I assumed the Wild because why not), but it's cool to see him win the Cup. Cooler still with the nice things he said about his father.

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^^

That is so "hockey."  Missing tooth, no shaving for the postseason.  

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From TSN's BarDown, a number of firsts with the 2017-18 Washington Capitals:

  • First team with a Russian captain to win the Stanley Cup
  • Jay Beagle becomes the first player ever to win a Kelly Cup (ECHL), Calder Cup (AHL) and Stanley Cup (NHL) in his career
  • Lars Eller becomes the first Danish player to win a Stanley Cup
  • Nathan Walker becomes the first Australian player to win a Stanley Cup

 

Meanwhile, the Stanley Cup had quite the journey last night in Las Vegas.

 

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I'm as happy for the Capitals and Ovechkin as I've ever been for any team to win the cup. I'm happy for Barry Trotz as well who told my parents in a Pittsburgh CVS in March that he didn't want to play the Blue Jackets in the playoffs and according to my mom gave a 20 to a homeless guy. 100% true story.

 

It doesn't really make sense that this was the team to finally break through, but it didn't really make sense that their better teams couldn't get past the second round. The caps were always my bandwagon team year after year after year and I watched in disbelief when they lost to the likes of Jaroslav Halak, inferior Penguins teams, a couple Lundqvist victimizations. I can't speak for Capitals fans, but it all feels worth it now. 

 

Also that game was a great display of hockey for anyone wandering in off the street. The clock snafu was so OITGDNHL. Thank god it didn't end up affecting the play. 

 

 

Congrats to Vegas on the best first season by an expansion team ever. I'm really really glad they didn't win the Stanley Cup and I think we all avoided a major goof by the league had they won. Feel free to win it all next year, I won't have a problem with it then. 

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10 minutes ago, McCarthy said:

I'm as happy for the Capitals and Ovechkin as I've ever been for any team to win the cup. I'm happy for Barry Trotz as well who told my parents in a Pittsburgh CVS in March that he didn't want to play the Blue Jackets in the playoffs and according to my mom gave a 20 to a homeless guy. 100% true story.

 

It doesn't really make sense that this was the team to finally break through, but it didn't really make sense that their better teams couldn't get past the second round. The caps were always my bandwagon team year after year after year and I watched in disbelief when they lost to the likes of Jaroslav Halak, inferior Penguins teams, a couple Lundqvist victimizations. I can't speak for Capitals fans, but it all feels worth it now. 

 

Also that game was a great display of hockey for anyone wandering in off the street. The clock snafu was so OITGDNHL. Thank god it didn't end up affecting the play. 

 

 

Congrats to Vegas on the best first season by an expansion team ever. I'm really really glad they didn't win the Stanley Cup and I think we all avoided a major goof by the league had they won. Feel free to win it all next year, I won't have a problem with it then. 

Well said. Completely agree on all of it. I don’t think we here on this board should let our frustration over Vegas’ expansion draft blind us to what a great season they still had. You still gotta show up in the postseason no matter how good your team is on paper (trust me, I’d know). 

 

It seems like they have great fans and are still set up for future success. I wish them well in the future. If you are a Vegas fan though, just hope McPhee doesn’t have a Forsberg-for-Erat moment. 

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Have to feel a twinge of schadenfreude for McPhee. The team he helped create comes back to best the new team he helped create.

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