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Poll: Can the Capitals bounce back?

May 3, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

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NHL postseason history is littered with the broken dreams of teams who lost lengthy overtime games. That being said, there are exceptions to the rule and if something unusual were to happen, the consistently weird 2012 playoffs would be the right time for that to occur.

The Washington Capitals fell to the New York Rangers 2-1 in triple overtime tonight and fell behind 2-1 in the series as well. For some, the series might as well be over, yet Braden Holtby ranks among the many who aren’t convinced.

A question of fatigue

If you ask me, the series could change on a dime if the Capitals win in Game 4 for a simple reason: fatigue. As you’ll see from this post and the box score, only one Washington player passed the 40-minute mark (Dennis Wideman). Contrast that with four New York defensemen (including Ryan McDonagh, who logged a ridiculous 53-plus minutes) and even one forward (Ryan Callahan) who passed 40 minutes and it’s not crazy to say that Washington might have a shot if this series goes long.

To put things in perspective, McDonagh had to tell Andrew Gross that he didn’t need an IV after the game.

John Tortorella said that he believed that the Rangers held an edge as Game 3 went along, but what about the series itself? That remains to be seen and, if you ask me, might be the biggest ray of hope on heart-breaking night for the Capitals.

On the other hand, the Rangers regained home ice advantage in the series and an undeniable mental edge (however large).


OK, so after laying all that on the table, get to voting. Can the Capitals bounce back or will the Rangers roll them over after that big Game 3?

  1. lickityschlick11 - May 3, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    its the playoffs the caps still have a chance, its one game and anything i mean ANYTHING can happen in the playoffs the rangers still need to win two more games. as far as im concerned the caps are very much still in this series.. even if the rangers go up 3-1 the caps can still come back.. never write anyone off in the playoffs like i said anything can happen. dont believe me? ask the boston bruins who fell to my beloved Philadelphia Flyers two years ago after going up 3 zip..

  2. riles1008 - May 3, 2012 at 5:56 AM

    I think no. A loss like this can really deflate moral and confidence.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 3, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      riles, that’s morale. Anyway, this was the 46th 3OT game in NHL history. Of the previous 45, the losers of the 3OT games bounced back to win the series in 10 cases, including the most recent 3. The winners of the marathons won the series in the other 35 cases; those include a few in which the marathon ended the series.

  3. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    no I don’t think filthadelphia can bounce back they are exposed

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 3, 2012 at 6:36 AM

      I think the only thing that has come out of the closet is you !

  4. blkeskimo1785 - May 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    If they didn’t have an additional day to rest, then their chances of evening the series in Game 4 might have been in doubt. They played extremely well in all three zones and it could have gone either way.

  5. baywatchboy - May 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    It’s simple. Winner of Game 4 wins the series.

  6. polegojim - May 3, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I think…. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…NO… yet again.

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