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Capitals upset they let the city down

You could see it on the faces of the players, coaches and fans. After the Game 7 loss to the Canadiens it wasn’t just disappointment the team and fans felt, it was utter dejection. The Washington D.C. area hasn’t had that great of a time in the sports world lately, and the local fans had latched onto the Capitals as their next hope for any kind of success. Seeing their team fall way short of their goal, yet again, was demoralizing.

The players themselves say that while they fell short of their personal goals of a Stanley Cup, they feel bad for the city most of all. From Dan Steinberg’s D.C Sports Blog:

“I feel bad for the city right now, for D.C.,” Nicklas Backstrom said. “The fans have been supporting us all year and we can’t do better for them.”

Bruce Boudreau echoed that sentiment, saying, “We’re more upset that we have so many great fans that we wanted them to continue to be happy. We wanted to win it for them as much as we wanted to win it for us. So we’re disappointed for the whole area because we’ve grown this into a hockey area and we want it to stay that.”

There has been some talk of firing the coach or blowing the team up, focusing on the system that supposedly will never work in the playoffs. While there certainly needs to be some changes that are made, I’m not going to go as far as saying that the team needs to start over. Some adjustments in the makeup of the players’ approaches, and perhaps some slight personnel changes and the Capitals could finally get over the playoff hump that’s turned them into the next San Jose Sharks of the NHL.