Category : capitals

caps complete their annual postseason meltdown

(photo by Greg Fiume) This is why we can’t have nice things. It really doesn’t matter which D.C. sports team you root for these days. They all end in heartbreak and disappointment. Long-time fans of the Washington Capitals know that this franchise has never really done well in the postseason. Whether we’re talking about multiple overtime games or going up three games to one in a series and being unable to finish off an opponent on the ropes, the Caps […]

caps find themselves in a familiar situation

Welp. Here we go again. Longtime fans of the Washington Capitals know this feeling. They know that while 87 percent of all NHL teams that take a 2-0 series lead go on to win, the Capitals are just 2-4 in the same situation. Those same longtime Caps fans probably also know that this franchise is 0-6 when leading a series 2-1 and then dropping Game 4. Hell, even newer fans of this franchise – the ones who have only been […]

no need to panic after capitals fall to rangers in game 3

Yes, the Washington Capitals lost 4-3 to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Monday night. And yes, the Capitals squandered a perfect opportunity to take a commanding three-games-to-none lead in this best of seven series. But before Caps fans begin to hyperventilate and overreact, let me say this – the Rangers simply aren’t very good. Look, I’ve been a fan of the Washington Capitals my entire life and am painfully aware of the countless number of playoff collapses […]

these aren’t your same, old capitals

No offense to the current edition of the Washington Capitals, but when it comes to the postseason, the “Rock the Red” era Caps haven’t accomplished anything yet. Conversely, even though Adam Oates is a first-time coach who has yet to guide a team through a full 82-game season, his system is a proven winner — having helped the New Jersey Devils advance to the Stanley Cup Finals one year ago. So while Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green are […]

the waiting is over for the capitals and caps fans

I’m not going to lie — this is quite possibly my favorite time of the year. Sure, the Washington Capitals have built a reputation as regular season champs who flame out of the postseason in horrific fashion. I get that. I fully understand that there are a certain number of D.C. sports fans out there who believe it’s only a matter of time before the Caps find a creative new way to break our hearts. And I don’t blame them […]

can the playoffs start already?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXkGJtY4A4E During my post on the 10 reasons why Adam Oates was the perfect hire for the Washington Capitals, I made a reference to the Hall of Famer’s demeanor — specifically in contrast to former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. For those who missed it, here’s what I said: How many times did cameras capture former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau looking as if he was on the verge of an aneurysm? While Gabby was beloved in this town for wearing his […]

10 reasons why adam oates was the perfect hire

(photo by Brian Murphy) Don’t look now, but the Washington Capitals are officially the NHL’s hottest team. 1. Adam Oates is like a good parent. One of the best pieces of advice I received when I was about to become a first-time parent was to think back to when I was a child and replicate the things my parents did well and improve upon the areas that they weren’t so great in. It’s simple, but it’s been highly effective as […]