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Capitals GM: “We needed to win a series like this”

Apr 26, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

George McPhee AP

The funny thing about all the “upset” talk regarding the Washington Capitals taking a seven-game series against the Boston Bruins is that the Caps came into this season with just as much Stanley Cup hype as the defending champions. It just so happened that Washington kinda flopped during most of the 2011-12 season. Stephen Whyno quotes Capitals GM George McPhee on how important the Game 7 really is for the franchise.

“We needed to win a series like this, this franchise needed it,” McPhee said. “We played [the Boston Bruins] as hard as we could. I don’t know how we did it, but it was nice to see that go in. We needed it.”

Even at this point, it seems unclear if Capitals coach Dale Hunter will be back in 2012-13. That’s the natural reaction one has to seeing Alex Ovechkin receiving less time on ice than six other Capitals forwards. Yet from the way McPhee discusses the situation, Hunter is passing his tests with flying colors.

“It’s one of the most committed groups we’ve ever had. They’ll do anything to win,” McPhee said. “We were playing playoff games the last couple months of the regular season. And when we did what Dale asked, it worked. We won games. It worked in the first round here.”

It didn’t work by much, but for a team that has lost its fair share of Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, coming out on top during one of those coin flip affairs must generate a rather satisfying feeling.

  1. bozosforall - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Boston CHOKES yet again! First the Red Sox last fall, then the Pats this winter, now the Bruins this spring…next the Celtics this summer…or sooner.

    City of CHOKERS


    • jpelle82 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      i dont think there’s anything wrong with winning a stanley cup, couple super bowls, world series, and nba championship in the last decade. i dont think boston fans can be that upset and i wouldnt call it choking either…this is pretty common for teams trying to repeat. thats why i dont think caps fans should get too excited either, most folks figured this would happen to boston by rd 2 or so anyway.

      • bozosforall - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        Winning 27 WS titles should insulate the Yankees from the same label, yet you Boston morons persist in doing so anyway. So take your medicine, crybaby Boston fans.

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