Cardiac Caps Push It But Feds & Varly Win It 2-1
A frustrated but passionate Washington Capitals fan since 1974.
The phone booth rocked last night and not even the obnoxious NY Ranger fans behind me could ruin my night, thankfully, because the Caps showed up to play. Matt Bradley scored short-handed 4:12 in the first period against Henrik Lundqvist, the Caps nemesis this series, and then got a lucky sharp angle shot past Lundqvist later in the first to put the Caps up 2-0. Lundqvist should have had that puck and the crowd serenaded him after that.
... is being a Caps fan since 1974 and still hanging around waiting for a Cup (no, I didn't expect one this year). The last and only time the Caps reached the Eastern Conference Finals was the last time the Caps won a playoff series. In 1998. 11 long years ago. Wayne Gretsky still played hockey for the New York Rangers (sigh) and got 90 points.
I attended my first Caps game as a child in 1974 and have been sucker punched by them every year since then. They've found every imaginable way to lose in the playoffs over the years or not make it, at all. This game, the 2nd home ice game in the best of seven series against the New York Rangers was imperative for the Caps to win. Instead, they put in a lackluster effort and are now down two games heading back to Madison Square Garden.
It was an intensely fought battle and, in the end, the Caps succumbed to poor defense and goaltending.
Caps thankfully only have three more games left before the second season starts. They played a good 3rd period against the Atlanta Thrashers the other night generating 4 goals in the last twenty to win 6-4. Apparently, Coach Boudreau yelled at them for their lazy playing in the first two periods and they finally woke up!