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Caps say intensity of playoff chase will serve them well in postseason

Mar 22, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

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So THAT’S why the Washington Capitals haven’t made it past the second round in practically forever – they’ve been too good in the regular season.

We never even thought of that one.

Good thing they’re fighting tooth and nail to make the playoffs this time.

“The last two years we’ve been kind of cruising, waiting and seeing what everyone else is doing,” forward Mike Knuble told NHL.com. “I have to believe (battling for a playoff spot down the stretch) makes your team sharper from being on every night.”

Added Mathieu Perreault: “If you look at the last few years, we’re just sitting there wondering who we’re going to play in the first round. When the playoffs would start, maybe we wouldn’t be as sharp as we could. This year it’s going to be a battle to the end, so when the playoffs start we’ll be in the playoff mode and that’ll be a good thing for us.”

Hey, nothing wrong with looking on the bright side of life. But it should be noted the evidence doesn’t support the theory. Other than the 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins, there hasn’t been a Stanley Cup winner that’s been under the gun late in the regular season since…um, not sure when, but it’s been a while.

Not to mention, the Caps beat the Rangers in the first round last year. Can’t really blame “wondering who we’re going to play in the first round” for losing in the second round, can you?

Typically the teams that win the Stanley Cup are the teams that, you know, are good enough to win it. And most good teams have good regular seasons…because they’re good.

Maybe the Caps are good enough this year – they’ve got a ton of talent and it’s looking like they could be fully healthy once the postseason begins.

Have to make the playoffs first though.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    I hope you clowns are right!

  2. philsosexy - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    They won’t make the playoffs..let’s go jets!

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Should Mike Knuble even be commenting on the playoffs considering how many games he’s been a healthy scratch? I like the guy but it’s odd to have a quote from him when he’s spent a ton of time in the press box

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      He’s played the last 6 or 7 Games and he’s on a roll… He’s not gonna be in the press box until Nicky Backstrom gets back, or Beagle will be sat down

  4. charlutes - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    You really have no perspective here. Athletes are just regular people with physical gifts. They think and say, in this case, a positive thing: Here’s a reason why we might do better this year. And instead of just letting that be something positive the players can take into a game, people blog every little thing players say, and peoplemake knee jerk reactions without having any perspective on the situation whatsoever.

    People obviously perform better in a positive mindstate. He’s saying something hoping he will inspire some small amount of confidence within his team.

  5. crosberries - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Unfortunately he forgot one key thing…they still suck

  6. billsin20xx - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Go Sabre’s! They will catch them.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Whose Sabre is it?

  7. gary15217 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    The Caps are similar to the Jets of the NFL. All talk and no action.

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