Playoffs are supposed to be fun. No matter the league, when a team qualifies and competes in the postseason, fans should look forward to the upcoming experience.
However, please excuse D.C. supporters if they don't share in that enthusiasm that people in many other cities possess.
The latest gut-punch-then-kick-and-one-extra-punch-for-good-measure came on Monday night, with the Capitals dropping Game 3 to the Maple Leafs in yet another overtime affair. And immediately after the result, people flooded Twitter with negativity and sadness.
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But here's one tweet that stood out amongst the waterfall of womp womp:
For the Caps, their last four playoff losses happened in OT (which meant that, duh, they were decided by one-goal) on top of two more close affairs they suffered at the hands of the Penguins last year. Things aren't much better on the diamond, either, with the Nationals also having issues finishing tight ballgames.
The Capitals will get another chance to end that run of tough luck on Wednesday. Or, you know, they could bypass the one-goal thing altogether and just blow the Leafs out by, like, five. That would be pretty nice, wouldn't it?
Local artist Taylor Kampa has taken her love for the Washington Capitals and turned it into works of art.
You can find paintings done by Kampa of Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, John Carlson and Braden Holtby on display at Circa Chinatown – a restaurant neighboring Capital One Arena – along with other D.C. celebrities.
A professional artist for the last decade, Kampa told NHL.com that the pictures were "passion projects," and took about eight hours to finish. She became a fan of the Caps after she began dating her now-husband back in 2009.
Her work has even caught the eye of The Great Eight. After posting a video to Instagram of her painting Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner liked and commented on it.
"I almost died," Kampa said.
"It has been amazing sharing something that I am excited about that resonates with the people in my city," Kampa said. "I've been painting these portraits for a long time, so it's awesome to have them seen by so many people."
Kampa will also create paintings for the Capitals foundation's annual Casino Night fundraiser next year.
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The dog days of summer are officially here, but it's never too hot to talk some hockey.
Capitals correspondent JJ Regan is here to help you through the offseason doldrums as he discusses key questions facing the Caps for the upcoming season as Washington prepares to defend its title for the first time in franchise history.
Today's question: Who will be the team's primary fourth line center?
With the departure of Jay Beagle, there is a spot open at center on the fourth line. There appears on the roster to be three clear candidates to fill that position: Chandler Stephenson, Travis Boyd and Nic Dowd.
To find out why you should cross Stephenson’s name off the list, you should read yesterday's Key Caps Question about whether or not Stephenson is a wing or a center. To summarize, Washington sees Stephenson as more of a wing which explains why they both re-signed Boyd and brought in Dowd.
So who will it be between those two?
Both players seem to fit the mold as effective centers in the AHL where they were both productive. Dowd has an edge in NHL experience with 131 NHL games as compared to Boyd’s eight.
But Barry Trotz clearly had faith in Boyd at center which is why we saw him fill in on the top line on March 18 in Philadelphia. Boyd rewarded that faith with a spin pass to Alex Ovechkin for an assist, his first career point.
Trotz is now gone and Todd Reirden is in charge, but there is at least a level of familiarity there with the coaching staff and Boyd, more so than with Dowd who is new to the organization.
Second, the Caps may have tipped their hand a bit when you compare the two contracts. Center is an important position and Brian MacLellan has frequently referenced the team’s strength in center depth as a major reason for their Cup run.
Both Boyd and Dowd were signed over the offseason. Both contracts are one-way, suggesting both will be in the NHL, but Boyd’s cap hit is $800,000 while Dowd’s is $650,000. Of course, that will not matter when the players get on the ice. If Dowd outplays Boyd, he will start over him. Plus, the market ultimately dictates price. Even if the Caps wanted Dowd for their top line, if you can get him for $650k, you sign him for $650k.
Considering how important a position center is, however, even on the fourth line, it seems telling that the team was willing to give Boyd, a player with eight games of experience to his name, $800k while Dowd was signed for the minimum. That seems to suggest the Caps at least foresee Boyd having a bigger role which, for two players penciled in for the fourth line, would mean playing him at center.
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