Washington Capitals Lose in Round One on NHL Playoffs
WI Staff | 4/29/2010, 2:41 p.m.
The Washington Capitals finished the NHL's regular season with the best record, and appeared to have an excellent chance at a long playoff run, and were considered favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Instead, the Number One seeded Capitals were bounced from the playoffs in the first round by the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in a seven-game series.
The Capitals started the series with a home loss in game one, followed by three straight victories, but could not close out Montreal in game five, their best chance of finishing off their first round opponents. With the momentum swinging back to Montreal's favor, the Canadiens defeated the Caps in the final three games of the series, and will now go on to the second round to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The sold-out Verizon Center crowd appeared stunned as the Caps lost two scoring chances on disallowed goals, and the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead into the final minutes of the game. The team scored its lone goal with 2:16 left in the game, and lost game seven by a score of 2-1.
The Caps, who finished the regular season with a franchise record 54 wins, became the first team in NHL history to blow a 3-1 playoff series lead, and only the ninth number one seed to fall to a number eight seed.
"I thought we had a good chance to win the Stanley Cup this year," said Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau. Superstar Alex Ovechkin was less vocal after the team's loss.
"I have nothing to say right now," Ovechkin said.