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February 7, 2008

Capitals Excitedly Surging Toward Major Playoff Disappointment

You know that now-old comparison between arguing on the Internet and running in the Special Olympics? Well, the same can be applied to winning the Southeast Conference (and its associated top-3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket).

The Capitals have improved significantly, as of late, and that's gotten the heads a-talkin'. The local boys are seeing stars. The big guns are lining up with pats on the back and whatnot. The bad news is, it's all going to end with a serious let-down.

Remember the Penguins last season? They made the playoffs with Crosby at the helm, only to get royally stomped in the first round when it dawned on them that they were just a mediocre team with a few really talented, inexperienced little kids in the lineup. Before their implosion, everyone was already convinced it was Their Year. Uh, no.

Maybe it's just me. Maybe a team still barely above .500 with less than 60 points in the standings and less than 30 games left to play, is destined to win the Cup. Or maybe the city of Washington hasn't had anything sports-related to cheer about in a while.



1) You very well may be right about your caps assessment, but if you look at their record since Thanksgiving (when Boudreau took over) they are on a 100 point pace
2) The SE division deservedly gets trashed (or should we say Thrashed?) Anyway, 2 of the last 3 Cup winners are from there so maybe things aren't as bad as some think? Guess we'll see. Meanwhile we're sure the folks in DC are enjoying their lofty position today. It might not last long!

Rob Hockey said...

one name. fedorov

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