Skip to content

Poll: Can the Capitals bounce back?

May 3, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

improvedovigetty Getty Images

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?

Latest Posts
  1. Risk Factors: Boston Bruins edition

    Sep 30, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Zdeno Chara AP

    Zdeno Chara’s advancing age is one reason for Bruins fans to worry.

  2. Cammalleri-Zajac-Jagr line not ready for marriage

    Sep 30, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

    Jaromir Jagr AP

    Devils coach Pete DeBoer says they’re still dating.

  3. Capuano continues auditions for Tavares line

    Sep 29, 2014, 11:18 PM EDT

    Cory Conacher Getty Images

    Cory Conacher is probably up next.

  4. Giroux (lower body) a ‘possibility’ Tuesday

    Sep 29, 2014, 10:44 PM EDT

    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four Getty Images

    He’s running out of opportunities to get into an exhibition contest.

  5. Red Wings tryout Rome suffers lower-body injury

    Sep 29, 2014, 8:29 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks Getty Images

    He won’t return to Monday’s game.

  6. Hello Johansen? Boone Jenner out with broken hand

    Sep 29, 2014, 7:54 PM EDT

    Boone Jenner #38 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 in the shootout.
(October 4, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

    This has been a rough preseason for Columbus.

  7. Hodgson feels ‘really comfortable’ at left wing

    Sep 29, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

    Cody Hodgson Getty Images

    Will he be able to build off of his 2013-14 campaign though?

  8. Mason adjusting to new Wells Fargo lights

    Sep 29, 2014, 5:51 PM EDT

    Steve Mason, Mike Cammalleri AP

    This is certainly the time to do that.

  9. Heatley out a week with groin injury

    Sep 29, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT

    Anaheim Ducks v Los Angeles Kings Getty Images

    Has two goals in the preseason.

  10. Gettin’ the band back together: Blues hire Gainey as Hitch’s consultant

    Sep 29, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

    bob gainey

    If you were a member of the Dallas Stars at the turn of the century, you could get a job next!

  11. Ducks send ’14 1st-rounder Ritchie back to junior, release Yip from PTO

    Sep 29, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

    Arizona Coyotes v Anaheim Ducks Getty Images

    Prospects Nic Kerdiles and Stefan Noesen headed to AHL Norfolk.

  12. All three Canuck kids skating together tonight

    Sep 29, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT

    Bo Horvat AP

    Bo Horvat may have the inside track over Hunter Shinkaruk and Nicklas Jensen to make Vancouver’s opening-day roster.

  13. Leafs release Tallinder from PTO

    Sep 29, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

    Tallinder_Henrik

    Veteran blueliner suffered a separated shoulder during the preseason.

  14. Bruins release Leino; Boychuk staying put?

    Sep 29, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

    Ville Leino AP

    Peter Chiarelli addressed the media today in Boston.

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. S. Crosby (2460)
  2. R. Johansen (2174)
  3. P. Datsyuk (1989)
  4. E. Malkin (1934)
  5. D. Stepan (1901)
  1. J. Drouin (1820)
  2. F. Forsberg (1761)
  3. J. Staal (1698)
  4. T. Krug (1672)
  5. C. Giroux (1615)