Time for Capitals fans to panic?

The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate their 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals in two overtimes in Game 2 of an NHL Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Washington, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Should Capitals fans be panicked with Washington down 2-1 in its series against the Maple Leafs? Why?

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This feels like panic:

The game tying goal late in the second:

The game winner:

Leafs fans react:

It had been a while:

Toronto’s confidence level:

“I think it’s going up,” said Matthews. “Once you get into the playoffs, the seeding doesn’t really matter. It’s who wants it more. The last three games going to overtime, it’s anybody’s game. It’s definitely been a grind. We got a game Wednesday. We want to make sure we come prepared.”

Game 3 by the numbers:

We’ve seen this before:

But man, we’ve been here before. Not that all these players have, and not that past disappointment necessarily has any influence on future results. But there’s a hint of self-fulfillment with this. Even if the players do not know or care about the Caps’ track record for coming up short in the postseason, they are inevitably asked about it, which can lead to thinking about it, which can potentially lead to playing tight—the opposite of what the Leafs are doing right now. “I think it’s an outside-the-room-driven narrative,” said Washington defenseman John Carlson, but by definition, whatever question he was answering had been brought inside the room. The coverage in D.C. today is every bit as much about the fear of a playoff collapse as it is about the actual hockey being played. (Tom Wilson’s dad! Aren’t you proud of your son, appearing for the league’s best team against his childhood team, in front of friends and family in his hometown? Or are you scared of the Caps shitting the bed like they always do?) This stuff, if even just by osmosis, can become real.

Truer words:

Hey, thats not very nice:

Caps fans take to twitter:

What do you think? Should Caps fans be panicked?

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