“If this thing fails again in D.C., as it appears it will, then you can expect the Caps to blow up this roster like Captain Dan’s legs.” – Me, after Pittsburgh went up 3-1 in the series
Wow. What a show last night by the Washington Capitals, eh? Just a beat down of the Pittsburgh Penguins from top to bottom. Who woulda thought?
I think the biggest difference I saw in Game 6, from a Capitals perspective, was the confidence in which they played. They finally looked like they believed they were the better team. When we all expected the choke job, when we expected to be less than impressed, the Caps showed up, man. They showed up to a big game very hungry, confident, and not afraid of a moment that was supposed to bury them. From the opening puck drop they were the aggressors, the agitators, and relentless. You name it they were doing it. It didn’t hurt that their newly formed top line of T.J. Oshie (1 goal, 1 assist), Nicklas Backstrom (1 goal, 1 assist), and Alex Burakovsky (2 goals) went off. It was fun to watch.
As for Pittsburgh? Ouch. That was goddamn ugly. Ugly like you read about. They couldn’t break out of their own end clean, they needed to blatantly circumvent concussion protocol to keep Sidney Crosby in the game, and Marc-Andre Fleury was back to his leaky lovable self. It was not pretty. Although I have to say, I did enjoy the highlight package of Jay Beagle and Sid doing battle. It was “Playoff Hockey 101” footage. And Sid was losing his mind (in more ways than one, if ya know what I mean).
So, much like I said yesterday that I’m pulling for Anaheim to win their Game 7 on Wednesday (but I think Edmonton will actually win), I’m also going all red, white, and blue for the Caps on Wednesday as well. You have to root for this series comeback now. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the American thing to do. That, and the Capitals have Justin Williams on their team. If you pick against him in a Game 7 you might as well shoot yourself in the face.
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