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Will Holtby live up to the expectations?

DSC_0250Photo: Tim Horsey

We all remember how great Holtby was last postseason, but is he the real deal? Honestly, I’m not sold.

Remember that time that a young Russian netminder by the name of Semyon Varlamov came up from Hershey to bail out the Caps in a best of seven series in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers? If so, then remember how the Caps eventually lost game seven in round two of the playoffs to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins?

Or how about that time that a promising young goaltender by the name of Michal Neuvirth earned a full time roster spot with the Caps after coming off of winning back-to-back Calder Cup championships in the AHL, even winning playoff MVP one of those years? Yeah, the one that, like Varlamov, helped the Caps eliminate the Rangers in round one of the playoffs. Then, again similarly to Varlamov, Neuvy and the Caps were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs after they were swept, repeat SWEPT, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Thoughts Going Into Game 6 – Are the Capitals A Championship Worthy Team?

If Coors Light is worthy of the Stanley Cup, shouldn’t even the Columbus Blue Jackets be worthy of the Stanley Cup? So why not the Capitals? – Image: Molson Coors

Shortly after I angrily turned off my TV after the Capitals heartbreaking Game 5 loss, I came to a scary realization.

Championship teams don’t give up the lead with only a few seconds left in the game, even if they’re being outmanned 6 to 4. Further, championship teams will somehow find a way to tie up games, even when there’s only a matter of seconds left.

Game over. Series over. Season over. See ya next year.

But wait, don’t jump to conclusions just yet.

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5 Thoughts for Game 5

The video above shows my current emotions going into Game 5, as well as the series as a whole.

Scared, worried, and/or nervous for Game 5? You shouldn’t be. Here are 5 quick reasons why the Capitals will win Game 5 tonight in New York:

1. The Caps were still a bit asleep in Game 1 but would have won if they were more awake.

2. The Caps won Game 2 in New York.

3. Game 3 went to triple overtime…there’s not really a winner in this one, but unfortunately there has to be for the series tally. I don’t view Game 3 as a loss for the Caps.

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Round 2: Capitals vs Rangers

Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York TimesAbove: Jason Chimera after his double overtime game winning goal against the Rangers in last year’s playoffs. (Photo: Barton Silverman)

With their Game 7 win on Thursday night, the New York Rangers secured a spot in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. As the 1st seed, the Rangers will face the lowest seeded team left in the East: your Washington Capitals.

My oh my, things have changed, haven’t they? Isn’t it usually the Caps with the 1st seed and the Rangers with the 7th or 8th seed?

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Game 1 Reactions and Game 2’s Recipe for Success

Now that Game 1 is over, the Playoffs have officially started and the jitters and butterflies are hopefully gone for good.

While Game 1 ended up being a loss for the Caps, I still feel like it was a win for the Caps mentally. After the shakey season they just finished, it would have been more than easy to go into enemy territory and get rocked by the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. Instead, the Caps stood strongly, even when short handed on three different occasions, and battled this one out right through the end of regulation and into overtime.

I hate to make excuses, but with the circumstances of this particular Game 1, the chances of the home team losing a game like that are very low. What more can you ask of the Caps? All it really came down to was one shot.

Well then again, there actually might be a few thinks that you could ask for more of from the Caps.

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NBC “Jinxes” Ovechkin and the Capitals

As if the Capitals didn’t already have enough going against them, they now have been jinxed by NBC thanks to their latest “Because It’s the Cup” commercial, featuring Alex Ovechkin.

So how exactly does this commercial jinx Ovi and the Caps? Gee, maybe the lines saying “because if you think this is celebrating / wait until he wins it all” do.

Oh great. That’s it, folks! Caps have officially lost! Done. See ya. Sayonara.

Oh wait, what’s that you say? The Blackhawks suffered from a similar “jinx”, though this one involved a pig-nosed Toews, yet they still won the Cup the same year that the mural was painted?

Oh, well then that can only mean one thing…

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Thoughts going into Round 1 and the Playoffs as a whole…

The video above best describes my current emotions regarding everything Caps related.

In past few years, the Capitals have always been a strong favorite to win the Stanley Cup. However, based off almost every Round 1 preview that I’ve read, it appears that most people have given up on the Caps.

I hate to admit it, but it’s hard to disagree with the critics. The Caps have had a terrible regular season, not to mention that their recent record in the postseason isn’t much better. On top of that, the Caps are being forced to start a rookie goaltender against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. Why even consider the idea of the Capitals beating out the Bruins?

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Capitals to face Boston Bruins in 2012 Eastern Conference Quaterfinals

After a stunning 4-1 victory Saturday night in New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Washington Capitals have thrusted themselves into the Eastern Conference’s 7th seed for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. As a result, the Caps will faceoff against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. A bit different from years past though, the Capitals will not have home ice advantage for this series.

As of now, the official schedule is unknown, but is expected to be announced at 1pm on Easter Sunday. Tickets to see the Caps at home will go on sale the following day at 10am.

Taking a look back at the regular season, the Capitals were 3-1 when facing the Bruins, with one of those wins being a shootout win. Also interesting to note, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin missed one of the four meetings between these two teams, Mike Green missed two of four, and Nicklas Backstrom missed all four. You’ve gotta believe that if the Caps were still able to win the season series when missing such key players like Ovechkin, Green, and Backstrom that they will only do better with all three in the lineup.

No doubt, beating the Bruins will be no easy task. Though, winning the Stanley Cup is anything but easy.

Capitals Clinch Playoff Berth for Fifth Straight Season

Thanks to Thursday’s regulation win over the Florida Panthers in the Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals will be heading to the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

Wow, I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d ever be typing that this season.

Even better, the Southeast Division title is still up for grabs. Currently two points ahead of the Caps, the Florida Panthers only need an overtime loss at the least to win the SE division. However, if the Panthers lose on Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes and if the Capitals win on Saturday against the New York Rangers, the Capitals will keep their SE division winning streak alive for another season. Crazy, right?

Though, we’re fine with what happens either way. In fact, we think it might even be better for the Caps to get the 8th seed…maybe.

Be sure to check back here at News from the Nosebleeds soon for tons more playoffs related info, opinions, and even maybe special edition playoffs merchandise.

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