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With Game 7 loss, Washington remains the capital of playoff heartbreak

With Game 7 loss, Washington remains the capital of playoff heartbreak

The Washington Capitals' dream season came to an end on Wednesday night as the Presidents Trophy-winning team was eliminated from the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to a 2-0 loss in Game 7 at Verizon Center.

With that, the longest — and ugliest — championship semifinal drought in American sports continues.

You see, Washington, D.C. is the only city with at least three major professional sports teams to fail to reach the championship semifinals since 1997, when the Capitals were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final.

In fact, there are ten cities with just one major professional sports team that have reached a championship semifinal since 2000.

Washington, D.C., a city with four major professional sports teams, has zero.

There is hope, however.

The Wizards remain alive in the 2017 NBA Playoffs, and despite being in a 3-2 hole against the Celtics, could exercise nearly two decades worth of demons with wins in Game 6 and Game 7.

But for now, Washington, D.C. remains the nation's capital as it relates to playoff heartbreak. 

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Tom Wilson thanks healthcare workers, reflects on Caps' season in Instagram post

Tom Wilson thanks healthcare workers, reflects on Caps' season in Instagram post

Saturday, April 5, was supposed to be the Capitals 2019-20 regular season finale.

But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL has been suspended since mid-March. There's nothing but uncertainty ahead.

For Capitals forward Tom Wilson, being at home on Saturday night instead of taking the ice for the team's season finale resonated with him. Wilson took to Instagram to post a reflective photo, calling it a privilege to wear the Capitals uniform and thanking everyone that is doing a part to help combat the spread of the virus.

"Feels weird to think our last regular season game would have been played last night," Wilson wrote. "With the future uncertain, it is sometimes nice to reflect. It is a privilege to wear this jersey every night we play. I hope everyone is staying safe and thank you to everyone who is working so hard to keep us safe."

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Wilson has been using his unexpected off time to give back to the community. Earlier this week, Wilson delivered an inspirational message and sent gifts to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to help children going through unforeseen changes due to the pandemic.

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Watch T.J. Oshie teach his daughter Lyla how to ride a bike

Watch T.J. Oshie teach his daughter Lyla how to ride a bike

Despite the circumstances, the past few weeks have been an exciting time for the Oshie family.

Just over two weeks ago, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their third child into the world, Campbell.

But on Sunday, it was the couple's oldest child, Lyla, that stole the show.

Lyla, who just turned six last month, accomplished something that she will remember for years to come: learning how to ride a bike.  

How adorable is that?

As Lyla bikes up the driveway, T.J. is a step behind her, making sure she doesn't fall. The Caps winger had an ear-to-ear grin on his face, such a proud dad.

With the NHL season on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, hopefully more Papa Oshie content comes as a result.

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