It's terribly frustrating. Another Washington sports team failing to perform up to expectations. Do I care the Caps won the President's Cup? Not really. It's nice, but if it doesn't end up in a Stanley Cup I think its a waste.
I'll allow our minds to wander briefly, however. Lets just say the Caps win Game 7 at home against the Montreal Canadiens. They face the Philadelphia Flyers who are currently resting and watching film of how the Canadiens are dismantling my team. Since I'm a Caps loyalist, I'll believe they can get past the Flyers...you know, if they can beat the Canadiens. So if they beat Montreal, then somehow beat Philadelphia, we'd have to play our playoff nemesis Pittsburgh. You know, cause they're a real team who doesn't choke in the playoffs.
Here's my point, when you finish the season number one overall, you are expected to compete for a Stanley Cup, you are not expected to lose in the first round. Washington fans expected to see the Caps in the finals. Even if they didn't win the Cup, they expected them to at LEAST be in the finals.
Its embarrassing. Pathetic.
A good point was made today on the radio about that Caps. They play in the weakest division in, potentially, all of sports. No one else is their division made the playoffs and the Caps combined record against divisional opponents is something like 19-5. So maybe an inflated record led to inflated stats which led to an inflated rank. Maybe the playoffs are the great equalizer where the true nature of a team stands out.
Either way....I told you so.