There's a narrative that surrounds the Washington Capitals: They can't fight through the pressure of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and waste the chances they have to advance. However true that may have been in the past, their early exit this season shouldn't be attributed to that.
In the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals had the misfortune of running into the hottest team in the NHL. Still, it was a tight series. All but one game was decided by more than one goal, and when the Capitals played their best, it still wasn't good enough to beat the Penguins.
Here are 5 reasons the Capitals were eliminated: