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The Stanley Cup Playoffs
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Two long-time have-not franchises that took off after switching coaches midseason are among the last eight standing in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
If familiarity in the Stanley Cup Playoffs breeds contempt, bring on the Washington Capitals vs. the New York Rangers.
This wasn't a historically close series by accident. The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins like playing on the edge, making it the first time in Stanley Cup playoffs history that all seven games were decided by one goal.
"Stuff happens in the playoffs," Karl Alzner said Wednesday, after the Washington Capitals were done banging the puck around at Kettler Iceplex. Oh yes, stuff does. Lots of stuff. After-the-whistle stuff. Before-the-puck-is-dropped stuff. While-the-officials'-heads-are-turned stuff. And let's not forget that old standby: after-the-game-is-over stuff.
Braden Holtby's shutout and aura of invincibility were gone. Frustrating the Boston Bruins with save after save in Saturday's Game 2, the Washington Capitals goaltender was cool as he lay on the cold ice at TD Garden after giving up the game-tying goal in the third period.
Bruins forward Nathan Horton is expected to miss the Stanley Cup playoffs because of a concussion.
The Vancouver Canucks carry the NHL's best record into the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second year in a row. The New York Rangers are on top of the Eastern Conference for the first time since they won it all in 1994.
It would have been hard to expect at the start of the season, or at any point in recent months, that the Washington Capitals' goaltending tandem heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs would be Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin.
The Verizon Center crowd cheered and Dale Hunter didn't even know why. The Buffalo Sabres had lost to the Philadelphia Flyers and eliminated themselves from playoff contention, and the Washington Capitals were on their way to knocking off the Florida Panthers.