Deflation Hits the Nation’s Capital Once Again

Last May . . .
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HEARTBREAK CITY 2015

This has been a calamitous week for Washington, D.C. sports fans.  On Wednesday May 13, 2015, the New York Rangers eliminated the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 7.  The win capped a comeback from a 3-1 Capitals series lead.   It is the fifth time the Caps have blown a 3-1 lead and second time against the Rangers.   Continued

This May . . .

AFTER WINNING . . .

  • THEIR 6TH DIVISION TITLE since 2008, the most of any NHL team during this period; and
  • THEIR 2ND PRESIDENT’S TROPHY for Best Record (only Vancouver has won two during this period);

AND AFTER RALLYING from a 3-0 deficit to force overtime and potentially a Game 7 at home, the season came to an abrupt end for the Capitals once again.

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Their 8 Playoff Appearances
in 9 Years Includes . . .

3 First Round Playoff Defeats

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An 11-20 Second Round
Playoff Record
(0-5 Series Record)

In addition to loses to Pittsburgh this year and the New York Rangers in 2015 . . .

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In Contrast

 

 2008-2016  Capitals  Blackhawks  Kings
Playoff Appearances  8  8  6
Division Titles  6  2  0
President’s Trophies  2  1  0
1st Round
Series Record
 5-3  5-3  3-3
2d Round
Series Record
 0-5  5-0  3-0
Conf Finals Record  —  3-2  2-1
Stanley Cup Record  —  3-0  2-0

Year by Year 2008-2016

Season ▾ Team GP W L PTS Finish Playoffs
2015-16 Washington Capitals* 82 56 18 120 1st Lost NHL Second Round
2014-15 Washington Capitals* 82 45 26 101 2nd Lost NHL Second Round
2013-14 Washington Capitals 82 38 30 90 5th
2012-13 Washington Capitals* 48 27 18 57 1st Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
2011-12 Washington Capitals* 82 42 32 92 2nd Lost NHL Conference Semi-Finals
2010-11 Washington Capitals* 82 48 23 107 1st Lost NHL Conference Semi-Finals
2009-10 Washington Capitals* 82 54 15 121 1st Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
2008-09 Washington Capitals* 82 50 24 108 1st Lost NHL Conference Semi-Finals
2007-08 Washington Capitals* 82 43 31 94 1st Lost NHL Conference Quarter-Finals
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/10/2016.
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