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2017 ECSF Washington Caps vs. Pittsburgh Pens

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1 minute ago, Dabura said:

Pens-Caps kinda reminds me of that old Wings-Blues rivalry. The Blues had some really good teams and might've won a Cup or two had the Lidstrom Era Wings not been a thing.

Nah.  They were worse than Colorado, Dallas and Jersey.  There were no Cups there for St. Louis, especially with their goalie problem.

The Capitals are in a predicament.  Obviously, they're not going to blow up a two time consecutive Presidents Trophy winner.  At the same time, what do you do to improve this roster? 

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4 minutes ago, GMRwings1983 said:

Nah.  They were worse than Colorado, Dallas and Jersey.  There were no Cups there for St. Louis, especially with their goalie problem.

The Capitals are in a predicament.  Obviously, they're not going to blow up a two time consecutive Presidents Trophy winner.  At the same time, what do you do to improve this roster? 

Call me crazy, but I'd seriously consider moving #8.

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Just now, F.Michael said:

Call me crazy, but I'd seriously consider moving #8.

It's easy to make him the scapegoat, but his playoff numbers have been good in his career.  His numbers in the playoffs against the Pens have been over a PPG in his career.  He wasn't impressive in these playoffs, though. His teammates have never impressed me in the playoffs. Neither is the coaching.  Boudreau and Trotz are not playoff winners.

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Caps shut out 2-0 in a Game 7 in their own arena with a trip to the Conference Final on the line. Now that's clutch. What a joke that team is. This was the best roster they've had since they became "contenders" again. If they can't get it done with that roster, they never will.

Damn Pens. Only Ottawa stands in their way of another trip to the Finals. I see them lasting 5 games. The Pens may just repeat.

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I would totally move ovie this summer. He was absolutely invisible tonight. What a poor effort their team showed in that 3rd period. This group of players will never win a cup for the caps because ovie cant get it done. I would trade him now and get a good return

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3 minutes ago, GMRwings1983 said:

The Caps, like the Sharks, may eventually make the Finals when nobody expects them to.  Being a top seed with all the pressure doesn't seem to agree with them.    

As of now - the Maple Leafs will win the Cup before the Caps.

1 minute ago, wings_fanatic said:

I would totally move ovie this summer. He was absolutely invisible tonight. What a poor effort their team showed in that 3rd period. This group of players will never win a cup for the caps because ovie cant get it done. I would trade him now and get a good return

Glad I'm not the only one huffing glue tonight :crazy:

On a serious note - I totally agree...This Caps team was arguably 1 of the best on paper...As unpopular as it might be - moving Ovie might be their best option to acquire players that might help getting them their 1st Cup.

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10 minutes ago, F.Michael said:

As of now - the Maple Leafs will win the Cup before the Caps.

Glad I'm not the only one huffing glue tonight :crazy:

On a serious note - I totally agree...This Caps team was arguably 1 of the best on paper...As unpopular as it might be - moving Ovie might be their best option to acquire players that might help getting them their 1st Cup.

That would have been true a few years ago, but he's getting older and didn't score that many goals this season for his standards. I guess it all depends on what they can get for him.

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11 minutes ago, F.Michael said:

As of now - the Maple Leafs will win the Cup before the Caps.

Glad I'm not the only one huffing glue tonight :crazy:

On a serious note - I totally agree...This Caps team was arguably 1 of the best on paper...As unpopular as it might be - moving Ovie might be their best option to acquire players that might help getting them their 1st Cup.

And they have to do that now while he still has a huge amount of value.

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Alexander Ovechkin is -2 in game 7 on hom area, directly responsible for both goals.
What else can you tell about that great player and captain?

No Cup for you, Шурик! :)

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Ovie was the only -2 tonight.  I'm not a big Ovechkin fan, but I do feel bad for him because all the talk will be that he can't beat Crosby.  But is not fair to put this all on him.  The reality is that a winger does not really move the needle that much in terms of carrying a team, centers are far more important.  Almost similar to Hull in a way, he'll score a ton of goals, but not control the pace of a game and carrying a team to either wins or losses....for the most part anyway.

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27 minutes ago, chaps80 said:

Caps shut out 2-0 in a Game 7 in their own arena with a trip to the Conference Final on the line. Now that's clutch. What a joke that team is. This was the best roster they've had since they became "contenders" again. If they can't get it done with that roster, they never will.

Damn Pens. Only Ottawa stands in their way of another trip to the Finals. I see them lasting 5 games. The Pens may just repeat.

there is no might they will there is no other team that will take them down im all for the preds but they wont take them 

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40 minutes ago, GMRwings1983 said:

Nah.  They were worse than Colorado, Dallas and Jersey.  There were no Cups there for St. Louis, especially with their goalie problem.

The Capitals are in a predicament.  Obviously, they're not going to blow up a two time consecutive Presidents Trophy winner.  At the same time, what do you do to improve this roster? 

St. Louis could have won a Cup or two had Cujo stuck around. With a past his prime Grant Fuhr and Jon Casey, they def weren't winning anything.

3 minutes ago, sjr2012 said:

there is no might they will there is no other team that will take them down im all for the preds but they wont take them 

We can hope. Lol Of course it would be the Pens who take over the title of last team to win back to back Cups from Detroit. Maybe the Wings shouldn't have blown it in 2009 after going up 2-0. Man, losing that series still bugs me.

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4 minutes ago, chaps80 said:

St. Louis could have won a Cup or two had Cujo stuck around. With a past his prime Grant Fuhr and Jon Casey, they def weren't winning anything.

We can hope. Lol Of course it would be the Pens who take over the title of last team to win back to back Cups from Detroit. Maybe the Wings shouldn't have blown it in 2009 after going up 2-0. Man, losing that series still bugs me.

o me too buddy i remember being heartbrokn and i hated that year in general

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23 minutes ago, toby91_ca said:

Ovie was the only -2 tonight.  I'm not a big Ovechkin fan, but I do feel bad for him because all the talk will be that he can't beat Crosby.  But is not fair to put this all on him.  The reality is that a winger does not really move the needle that much in terms of carrying a team, centers are far more important.  Almost similar to Hull in a way, he'll score a ton of goals, but not control the pace of a game and carrying a team to either wins or losses....for the most part anyway.

I was going to mention that earlier and it's a great point.  Jagr was the best winger in the league for many years, but could never win the Cup when he was the main guy on those Pens teams in the late 90's.  A center naturally makes the players around him better.  Hard to do that if you're a winger and be the best player on a Cup winning team.

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Only team I think that can beat PIT now is NSH. They have a great goalie with pretty much the best group of Dman you could ask for. Along with being fairly deep at forward and pretty good coaching.

I just can't see EDM, ANA or OTT beating the pens. Sad face.

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