Playoff Hockey! Are there two better words out there, maybe free beer but it's close.
The second season is upon us!
Caps-Bluejackets in Round 1, let's go!
Dates and times for the first round series
GM1 (H) Thursday, April 12th @730
GM2 (H) Sunday, April 15th @730
GM3 (A) Tuesday, April 17th @730
GM4 (A) Thursday, April 19th @730
GM5 (H) Saturday, April 21st
GM6 (A) Monday, April 23rd
GM7 (H) Wednesday, April 25th
Yeah, yeah we've all been here before but damn if I'm still not excited. I'll admit it, took me a while to get over last seasons playoff loss but I did and I'm ready to go. Kudos should be give to Trotz and the team, with all the turnover and playoff grief another trip to the playoffs wasn't a given but they made it.
This team has had to work at it and wasn't able to coast into the playoffs. Having to fight the whole way to make the playoffs they are arguably playing their best hockey of the year, add to that lowered expectations and I'm curious to see if this leads to something different.
We have a young goalie who is on a roll could that be the missing ingredient? Even if Grubauer stumbles we have Holtby ready to go.
Round 1 is against the BlueJackets and their pleasant coach John Tortorella . This won't be an easy matchup but I'm saying Caps in 6 and then most likely another second round matchup against the Pens.
For those that can't get over last and prior years failure take heed from Kylo Ren: "Let the past die, kill it if you have to" Okay that's pretty corny but don't let the past prevent you from enjoying a potential playoff run.