Everything the Capitals had built on for two games evaporated quickly in Game 7.
The Washington Capitals season ended with a thud Wednesday night, as the visiting Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 2-0 Game 7 win at Verizon Center.
Fleury and friends put up a wall the Capitals could never effectively penetrate in Game 7. Washington put up a mere six shots on net in the third period. And the rival Penguins somehow slipped past with a 2-0 win and a trip to the Eastern Conference Final. Again. Somehow.
Capitals fans will agonize over that question over and over this summer. It’s not the first time this happens but in this exact situation, this stinging disappointment will certainly linger for a long time.
These Penguins are not the Penguins who rolled through everyone en route to the Stanley Cup last summer. These Penguins are battered, broken and limping along. They have sorely missed injured Kris Letang’s play on the blue line.
That’s just the blue-line. We could go on and on over Sidney Crosby's concussion. also How Mike Sullivian was juggling lines trying to find something, GOD knows what, especially when he put Bryan Rust and Phil Kessel on a line together.
These Penguins are sailing into the conference final like Jack Sparrow sailed into the first Pirates film
Perhaps fans are numb to it now. You couldn't point the finger at them on the off chance that they are. Yet, in the event that this one damage, realize that it ought to. Also, every hard question and flight choice dashing towards the Capitals this offseason is very much earned.
Since, by one means or another, these Capitals have faltered into this conclusion once more. Furthermore, now it's difficult to envision what conceivable answers could take after to get them over this peak before the era's window is totally squandered.