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Waiting For The Shoe To Drop

14 April 2016 Views From The Booth Sports

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Greetings again from the Booth!

It’s once again playoff time for the Washington Capitals, and DC sports fans are once again waiting for bad things to happen. One of the best Caps teams in it’s 40-plus year existence was assembled this year in hopes of making not only a deep-playoff run, but to finally bring the Stanley Cup to the Nation’s capital for the first-time ever.

So far, so good. The Caps captured the President’s Trophy, given to the NHL team with the most points over the course of the regular season. Historically, that means nothing. Winning the President’s Trophy does not guarantee a Cup. In fact, more often than not, the best regular-season team does not win the championship.

That’s why hockey has arguably the best “second season.” It is not inconceivable for a number 8 seed to defeat a number 1 seed in the NHL Playoffs. It rarely happens in the NFL, and almost never happens in the NBA, where home-field and home-court advantage are so important.

Not so much in the NHL. It’s more about wacky goals and hot goaltenders and crazy overtime endings. Many times, a team celebrates a playoff win or the Cup on opposing ice.

Just ask Caps fans. Over the years we have been victim to all of the above. Heartbreak seems to follow the guys in red season-after-season. I will not begin to document the excruciating playoff exits of the past. We know them well.

Logically, The Capitals are the best team on paper. Alex Ovechkin has a great supporting cast, and goalie Braden Holtby has had an epic regular season. Coach Barry Trotz’ style seems to be suited to a long playoff-run for DC. Almost all of hockey’s “experts” are picking Washington to finally ride down Pennsylvania Avenue with Lord Stanley’s hardware.

We all know better, don’t we?

That’s it from the booth!

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