Never had a No. 1 seed blown a 3-1 series advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before last night, when the Washington Capitals lost to the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1. The Caps had three chances–two of which came at home–to put Montreal away. They could not.
Alexander Ovechkin had a goal disallowed on a ticky-tack call and Mike Green probably played as bad a game as anyone in the playoffs last night, giving up a bad penalty which led to one goal and giving up on a puck that was promptly buried behind the net for another. But Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak stood on his head for most of the game, recovering nicely from his debacle in Game 3.
I would feel bad for the Capitals’ diehard fans…if they had any. By now the red and blue has been tossed in the drawer in exchange for Redskins’ burgundy. Although, having spent some time in the area, it was fun to just see Caps jerseys everywhere on a given day and know that there was a game that night. But that’s all over for now. Now we’ll have to hear about how Donovan McNabb is…at least until the start of the Redskins’ season proves otherwise.