Why should anyone give the Caps the benefit of the doubt in the playoffs? We've been horrible in it over the years. So of course people are going to use history against us. Peyton friggin' Manning was called a playoffs choker until he won a Super Bowl.
Anyway, I already said this, but I really want the Rangers. And I hope we not only handily beat them, but we play extremely physical and bloody them.
I think we are not going to have to worrry about NYR, Montreal or Tampa, because I dont think we'll be playing any of them: if Philly can't beat an injured Pittsburgh team at home with first place on the line, I have a strong sense they are not going to be able to hold on to the #1 seed. Right now the Caps are playing with a lot more resolve and determination than the Flyers.