Started a new job early last month. My team lead/peer is a Capitals fan. He started following the Caps in the early to mid 90's. He's also a fan, and knows the team's history. He even says that the "newer" post-Ovechkin fans are tough to take.
Tomorrow is going to be an interesting day.
I feel bad for him just like I do for the old school pre-Crosby Pens fans. I assume the Islanders will have the same phenomenon if they stay good.
"Of course giving Sather cap space is like giving teenagers whiskey and car keys." - SBOB "Watching Sather build a team is like watching a blind man with no fingers trying to put together an elaborate puzzle." - Shadowtron
"Used to be only Twinkies and cockroaches could survive a nuke. I'd add Habs to that. I'm convinced the CH stands for Club du Hypocrisy." - Gee Wally
The question is how we win the away game. It's been home perfect so far and it has so much with the crowd and the energy. You're not going to be able to stymie the home team for more than 1 period. It'll be a test of the will.
They have to play like they did Game 5 pre-Boyle penalty. Come out flying and hitting.
Rangers have to score a few quickly. If they could somehow get 2 in the first ten minutes, and maybe get another on a power play late in the first, it could put some doubt in the Caps, and the bandwagoners might shut up.
Really about the only way I see the Rangers winning tomorrow.
It all comes down to how the Rangers carry the play over. They have to come out the way they came out today. They need to play like the Caps are up 3-2 again.
I don't get too hyped up, but I have seen the guy play out here in the WHL a few times, and he was a work in progress but formidable.
My own opinion is that you don't get carried away by doing the goon thing (I never liked having Boogaard or Scott, thought the idea was a joke) but a guy like McIlrath? Yeah. One good pasting of a greaseball like Ribeiro would have me clapping.