Are the Capitals Any Better Off Then Where They Were Two Years Ago?
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05-14-2012, 01:55 AM
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Disagree. Pittsburgh overpowered them, Montreal out-coached them. In both series, the Caps' relied on a strong offense but forgot about their weak spots, which were exploited to beat them. We saw that same issue in the past month with the Flyers and Canucks, two great teams with glaring holes that were exploited to beat them.
This year the Caps had no obvious weak spot. True, they didn't make the final-four, but they came as close to it as possible. Unlike Nashville, St-Louis and Philly -- three strong teams who were beaten convincingly -- there was nothing convincing about Washington's loss. They could/should/might have been in the final four just as easily as New York. I'm a Habs fan with nothing for or against Washington, but they really impressed me.
Montreal didn't come close to out-coaching them, unless Martin's coaching strategy was "let them have 20+ shots per game between and below the dots and let our goalie steal the series".
The Caps completely dominated that series territorially and were beat when the goaltender got hot.
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