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Even though the result sucked, that was a hell of a series. It's a shame a fluky bounce left Stepan wide open with Holtby swimming. I'm going to miss watching Ovechkin....he really put on a great performance. I think he answered his (mindless) critics with his big goal, effort and commitment to defense. I think Mirtle mentioned this but the Caps realistically have a better shot next year. Kuznetsov and Burakovsky will be better and if they can replace Green's salary with a net positive player things will only improve. Trotz deserves a lot of credit.

 

That being said, TB is a better team and *should* win this. Unlike Washington that has useless players like Laich, Beagle, Wilson, Gleason etc. TB comes at you in waves. Stamkos, Drouin, Johnson, Kucherov, Killorn, Palat, Callahan, Filp. That's a top 9 that is downright scary. The key is Bishop really. he doesnt have to be as good as Lundqvist like Holtby was, but if he gives them .920 in the series, I think they win

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thing is Caps were doing really well in OT and had good pressure, came close a few times. My buddy posted on fb that the Caps were killing it. I replied right away that it only meant that the Rangers would score soon. Thats simply the way it is with MTL and Rangers, i really thought i was imagining it since its the 2 teams i hate the most and would "see" it that way with biased eyes. "team is dominated and almost get scored on a few times, just to score on the very next play" its very very typical of those 2 teams but then funny enough i looked and they are the top 2 teams in the league in PDO so i kinds of support what i was seeing. lol

 

Caps played a good game and it all came down to one faceoff loss that generated a shot, then rebound and boom. 

 

That's the thing.  Caps dominated the Rags in FO in not only during regulation, but pretty much the entire series.  The one time they really sucked at FO was in OT in game 7, and the series-winning goal was off a play that started with a clean FO loss.  How fitting.

 

I am wondering how Caps fans are dealing with this.  I am thinking pretty well since they are so used to their team choking by now that this was a scenario that they were deep down mentally prepared for.

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Even though the result sucked, that was a hell of a series. It's a shame a fluky bounce left Stepan wide open with Holtby swimming. I'm going to miss watching Ovechkin....he really put on a great performance. I think he answered his (mindless) critics with his big goal, effort and commitment to defense. I think Mirtle mentioned this but the Caps realistically have a better shot next year. Kuznetsov and Burakovsky will be better and if they can replace Green's salary with a net positive player things will only improve. Trotz deserves a lot of credit.

That being said, TB is a better team and *should* win this. Unlike Washington that has useless players like Laich, Beagle, Wilson, Gleason etc. TB comes at you in waves. Stamkos, Drouin, Johnson, Kucherov, Killorn, Palat, Callahan, Filp. That's a top 9 that is downright scary. The key is Bishop really. he doesnt have to be as good as Lundqvist like Holtby was, but if he gives them .920 in the series, I think they win

Drouin hardly ever plays. In fact, he couldn't even draw in in game 6 with Callahan out- Cooper went with Marchessault. They're deep. It really comes down to Bishop. If he plays well, Tampa should be able to win. They're a better team top to bottom than the Rangers. Edited by MadDog2020
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All I wanted to do was not have to be invested any further in these playoffs. I'm on my way on a month long vacation, and I just didn't want to have to worry about giving a sh!t about the results. I wanted to relax, watch the games, and just grumble neutrally at the results. Now I have another two weeks at least to be stressed about hockey. Probably longer.

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From what I hear, appendectomies aren't really a big deal anymore. They make three tiny incisions and precisely snip it out. They used to have to cut through a lot of abdominal tissue and muscle, making recovery times pretty significant. I'm sure he won't feel anything come game 1

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From what I hear, appendectomies aren't really a big deal anymore. They make three tiny incisions and precisely snip it out. They used to have to cut through a lot of abdominal tissue and muscle, making recovery times pretty significant. I'm sure he won't feel anything come game 1

 

I was pretty sure he'd be back in time for game 1 on Saturday but hot damn, he's on the ice and full-contact today, even that's chancing it haha... Always liked Cally, he's a warrior.

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20 years ago Roy had an appendendectomy during a series against the Bruins and came back to play in the exact same series...so this isnt totally unusual.

Go Bolts go. Shove it up there a$$hole captain cally!

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The Caps are the definition of chokers because they often have every opportunity to close things out, but they never do.

In the Ovie era, Washington has played in 11 playoff series. During that time, in games where if they won, the series would continue, they've had a 30-25 record. In games where a win would clinch the series, they are 4-13. So you're pretty much spot on.

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My buddy/co-worker is 1st cousins with Burakovsky. He'll be sporting his jersey right up against the glass tonight behind one of the goals.

Well MADDOG, he didn't bring good vibes.

 

Caps had him wearing a GoPro for the 2nd period.

 

ALL the goals were scored at the other end.

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I don't think Washington choked. I really don't. Even up 3-1, I thought the Rangers had a better chance to win the series. I don't think it's a choke losing to the President's trophy winners.

Sorry. You're up 3-1 and largely outplaying the Rangers and drop 3 in a row. That's a choke job.

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You haven't changed #32.  Still bragging/poking fun on another forum?  I see it this way - a friend can tease or call a friend a name on their home turf however when someone else calls that person the same name they get their ass kicked.  You may have some friends here but you are not on home turf. You know how that works.  I will pray innumerable novenae.

 

Go BOLTS!!!!

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As an up close witness to the Capitals last 16 years of futility I have to say that I don't believe the Capitals "choked" in Game 7.  I've seen scared Caps teams crap themselves in Game 7's at home to the Rangers, Penguins, and Habs and I have to say that they were not scared of the big stage, nor the Rangers, nor MSG last night.  Game 6 they were scared for the first 30 minutes before they pulled their heads out of their ass staging the comeback but it was too little, too late.

 

It'll be interesting to see what the Capitals do this offseason.  Ovie has totally bought into Trotz, I wish the Devils had a guy with the grit and hockey sense of Ward, and Orpik and Niskanen have solidified the backline.  I wouldn't be surprised if Green and Backstrom could be heading elsewhere.  Green was relegated to 3rd D pair/PP specialist and Backstrom is an incredible passer who refuses to shoot the puck.  Its maddening when he holds onto the puck (a la the last PP in Game 6) on the halfboards waiting for a perfect pass as time is expiring.  Tom Wilson's aggressiveness needs to be cultivated into a 2012 Milan Lucic before he turns into a Raffi Torres criminal or an indifferent 2015 Lucic.  John Carleson is only going to get better, Kuznetsov's talent is unreal and Ovie seems to have taken him under his wing.

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They weren't largely outplaying them.

 

Semantical.  They had that series in the bag, and they were outplaying the Rangers for significant stretches in several of the games.

Failing to close a series on three games in a row is an absolute choke job.  You have no basis to really argue otherwise.

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i feel bad for sharks east

they came out soaring in OT too.. all series long i felt holtby played really solid for them they did well in a lot of areas they blocked a lot of shots etc. but i must say that for the most part i feel like the rags were the better team all in all..which pains me to admit. I just hope tampa has enough in the tank to clip them.
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You haven't changed #32. Still bragging/poking fun on another forum? I see it this way - a friend can tease or call a friend a name on their home turf however when someone else calls that person the same name they get their ass kicked. You may have some friends here but you are not on home turf. You know how that works. I will pray innumerable novenae.

Go BOLTS!!!!

What exactly did he do that was so awful? A couple of doctored Capitals graphics poking fun at their inability to close out a series (which ain't anything new)?

If he was trolling on the Devils, it'd be different. Just don't see what he did that was wrong here.

But yeah, hope the Lightning win, for obvious reasons.

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