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Capitals season ends in disappointing fashion again
Fri, 20 May 2016 11:02:45 +0000
Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) - Despite their regular season success, the Washington Capitals campaign ended in disappointing fashion with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Consol Energy Center.
"Another game that's the last shot," Alex Ovechkin said after the loss. "I'm proud of my team, proud of my teammates. I'm proud of this group no matter what happened, but, again, we lost in the second round, so it [stinks]."
The Capitals trailed 3-0 late in the second period, but they valiantly battled back to force overtime only to have their hearts ripped out by Nick Bonino's rebound goal 6:32 into sudden death.
With the win, the Penguins moved on to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final while the Capitals will have time to ponder what happened.
Despite all their success in the regular season, the Capitals have not been able to get past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since their lone trip to the Cup Final, in 1998.
In the Ovechkin era, which began in 2005-06, the Capitals have reached the second round five times and haven't been able get over the hump.
"Every year, there's lots of expectations, lots of great players, but something we're missing," Ovechkin said. "This group of guys can do better and bigger than just the second round."
"We have the best goalie in the League, we have a solid group of guys on the defensive side, and all four lines can play well. You can see it. We just didn't execute when we had a chance to put the puck in the net," he added.
"We've made some progress, but obviously not enough," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "We need to get through this round. That's part of the deal. That will always be thrown at us until we get through that, so we need to do it."