I didn't know what to do with myself after Sergei Fedorov scored. I was ecstatic. I started jumping around and then running in place and shaking my arms. At last! The Caps broke through the “ice” ceiling of the first round.
Since I was a kid, the Caps have been the underdogs and I have become accustomed to disappointment. They broke my heart so many times. Along the way I’ve created more superstitions than I know what to do with in an effort to change the pattern.
How long has it been since the Caps made it past the first round? Ted Leonsis wasn't the owner. Clinton and one Bush had come and gone. In that time, Jaromir Jagr has been a Penguin, a Capital, and then a Ranger. I could go on about what has come and gone in the past 11 years but I don't want to waste your already precious internet time. You should be watching Sergei Fedorov's game winning goal on repeat or reading Mike Wise's comments on Caps’ fans versus Rangers’ fans.
My take on the game: it was the best overall game the Rangers played for 40 minutes. (Unfortunately for them, it is a 60 minute game.) No doubt, the Rangers outplayed the Caps in Game 7. They beat them to loose pucks, they played great defense, and they did it all perfectly, except for the third period.
And how about Henrik Lundqvist?! I really want to impress upon Rangers’ fans that this guy kept you in Game 7. The Caps barely had shots on goal, but the ones they did were great. Henrik Lundqvist made two brilliant and almost impossible saves that, had he not, would have changed the dynamics of the game. He kept the Rangers in it. But enough about the Rangers and what they did or, more importantly, didn't do.
The Caps came back from being down 3-1. I never want to go through that again. It was torture to know the Caps were the better team but were down. I love my Caps. I love this team. I love that they play for each other. They play for the fans and the city. I can’t wait for Round Two.
By the way, what's up with the Devils? As my friend Suroosh said: "The Devils snatched defeat from the jaws of victory". Choke? Seems to be in the water in the NY/NJ area. :)
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Author: Syd Butler | Special to NHL.com