It had been 352 days since I’d been at a Caps playoff game. I know this because I found my Stanley Cup playoff round 1 game 7 ticket from last year in the purse I was taking to the game. It made me hesitate. After all, I take fan superstition very seriously.
Then again, the last Caps playoff win I’d been at was against the Rangers – game 7 overtime win in 2009. So maybe I’m good luck against the Rangers? I grabbed the purse and went. But I also wore my Winter Classic shirt under my #74 Carlson for extra luck.
This 2-0 win to take a 2-0 lead against the Rangers was huge. This is only the second time under Bruce Boudreau that the Caps have been up 2-0 in a playoffs series. Keep in mind that the Caps have been the higher seed in each series …
So the fans knew how important it would be to go up 2-0. Verizon Center was LOUD, it was red, and everyone was fired up.
The game was tight in the first, but then the Caps scored two quick goals in less than 2 minutes, and that was it. The Rangers never really got close after that, and they seemed demoralized. As a fan, of course, that’s when you really pour it on.
“Lund-qvist, Lund-qvist” Although that chant made me nervous. I mean, he’s good.
I was more comfortable with “Avery sucks”. I don’t get it. He’s just an annoying gnat. Why do attractive actresses date him? And is he as much an a-hole in real life as he is on the ice? Somehow, I don’t think it’s all an act.
So what’s different about this year? The team is playing disciplined, and the guys aren’t panicking when they don’t score. Looking back, though, I think the turning point is going to be acquiring Jason Arnott.
Arnott is good. He has a nose for the puck – he’s not just chasing the puck, he’s in a position to get a pass from his linemates so he can score. And he’s won a Stanley Cup (as in he personally won it). On a team that played tight defense. So he’s comfortable winning games 2-1 or 2-0. And so are the Caps.