Should Capitals fans be panicked with Washington down 2-1 in its series against the Maple Leafs? Why?
This feels like panic:
CAPITALS FANS ARE EXTREMELY CONCERNED pic.twitter.com/39aDWSEsoo
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) April 18, 2017
The game tying goal late in the second:
— NHL (@NHL) April 18, 2017
The game winner:
Tyler Bozak wins it and just like that the Leafs have a series lead against the Capitals pic.twitter.com/yupWhnwUkN
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 18, 2017
Leafs fans react:
Maple Leaf Fans reacts to Bozak's overtime winner.
— A2D Radio (@a2dradio_com) April 18, 2017
— Rogers (@Rogers) April 18, 2017
It had been a while:
The Leafs edge the Capitals 4-3 in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead. It's their first playoff win at home in nearly four years. pic.twitter.com/jH8fSMO9x6
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) April 18, 2017
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:
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 18, 2017
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.
Uh oh. The Washington Capitals are bringing the old Tony Kornheiser columns into play pic.twitter.com/Bpei1z9NbL
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) April 18, 2017
The Capitals finally look like the Capitals in the playoffs. #CapsLeafs
— Michael Jenkins (@JenksCSN) April 17, 2017
Capitals being Capitals
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) April 18, 2017
The Capitals exist to entertain everyone except their own fans, who they are constantly trying to murder
— Nathan Bernhardt (@jonbernhardt) April 18, 2017
— Penguins Jesus (@PenguinsJesus) April 18, 2017
Hey, thats not very nice:
@BarstoolBigCat The Blackhawks are too good to Capitals away a series
— Frank Fleming (@NjTank99) April 18, 2017
Caps fans take to twitter:
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 18, 2017
— Razan Azzarkani (@razanazzarkani) April 18, 2017
"Welcome to the Washington Capitals fanbase, how tough are you." pic.twitter.com/HQHxOK7PZV
— Capitals wyd (@BuraGOATsky65) April 18, 2017
I'm 100000% convinced I'm dead, this is purgatory, and my hell is being tormented with Capitals playoff hockey year after year.
— Mia Khalifa (@miakhalifa) April 18, 2017
It is so, so painful being a #Capitals fan during the postseason. So painful. Almost wish they wouldn't even make the playoffs. So painful.
— Bryan Gettman (@bgettman) April 18, 2017
— FatherStretchMyBands (@jones_ser) April 18, 2017
WHY DO THE @Capitals ALWAYS DO THIS TO US we don't deserve this
— dlouise_ (@dlouiseee) April 18, 2017
What do you think? Should Caps fans be panicked?