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The Washington Capitals and there playoff hopes.

Jacob Rutzick, Staff Writer

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The Washington Capitals are one of the best teams in the NHL that will never do well in the playoffs and everybody knows it. The Capitals have an insanely good team every year, but they can never find a way to win. Statistically the Caps are the best they have ever been in the last ten years. The roster is full of extremely talented players. The starting goalie, Braden Holtby, has some very impressive stats. This year he had just over fifteen hundred saves with a ninety two and half percent save rate. The Caps defenders John Carlson and Nate Schmit are both really good players with great stats this year. The Centerman for the Caps is one of the best in the league. Nicklas Backstrom is an all star player and he has the stats to back it up. He had twenty three goals and sixty three assists this year which is extremely impressive. T.J. Oshie is the Caps starting right wing and is probably the best overall player on the Caps. He had thirty three goals and twenty three assists this year for the Caps. The final starter on the Caps needs almost no introduction. Alex Ovechkin is known as one of the best scorers in the whole NHL. This year Ovechkin had thirty three goals and thirty assists. Ovechkin is one of five active players with over five hundred goals in their Career.

 The Capitals have a history of being terrible in the playoffs. Over the last five years the Caps have had an amazing team, but have never even made it to the stanley cup. They choke every year, and every year they break the hearts of all of their fans that think this year is different. Every year the fans come back thinking this year is different, and this year is just like the last few. The Capitals came into the playoffs with the best record in the NHL just like last year. They were set to play the Maple leafs, and start their journey towards the stanley cup. The Capital’s fans all thought this would be an easy win for the number one ranked Capitals, but in the Capitals standard style they lost game one. This didn’t trouble to many Caps fans though because everyone loses now and then. In fact the Caps won game two which sparked hope for most Caps fans. Then the Caps lost game two, and many fans just gave up. They thought that the Caps are going to choke again and ruin their great season. Luckily for those fans the Caps pulled out the series and won, but then they had to play the penguins. The Caps are eight and one against the penguins in the playoffs. Now the Caps are down two to none against the penguins in a best of seven series.

The Caps have many kinds of fans, some that are just from DC and support all DC teams including the Nats and the Wizards. Then there are those that follow the Caps, but never go to a game or really care that much. Last but not least there are the fans who go to the games and have been fans of the Caps through the thick and thin. These fans go to games watch the games and try to find out all information about the Caps as possible. Michael Michallas is one of those fans. His family has owned Caps season tickets for seventeen years and have been going to games a lot for two past few seasons. He said the Caps are a great team but he doesn’t think they’re going to win the Stanley Cup any time soon. The DC curse was one of the main things he talked about. He said that all DC teams can’t win their respective championships because DC is cursed. The Nats, Caps, Redskins, and Wizards are always good but, can never seem to either make the playoffs or win a playoff series. As all Caps fans say maybe this year will be different. Maybe this year the Caps come back and they beat the penguins, and they win the Stanley Cup and everyone’s happy. Maybe that will happen and maybe it won’t, but only time will tell.

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