An opinion piece by Lily Rosenberg
Frustration and the playoffs go together like peanut butter and jelly. Stress, frustration, distrust, and scared describes so many Caps fans during the playoffs. Every year I look on the Caps Facebook groups and I see how many fans don’t believe. We can be down three games to one, or even be down two games to one; it doesn’t even matter.
Look this is so frustrating. We shouldn’t give up when times get tough. Did we do that at the beginning of the season? No, we didn’t, so why should we do it now?
Frustration is only natural right now. A fellow FICP writer and game tweeter, Chris Cleveland, says it perfectly: “We’re down 2-1 to a bunch of kids.” That’s really really frustrating however that doesn’t mean that we have to give up. Playoff status gives us a 57% chance of going to the next round.
There; however, are a few reasons why one would give up. As Chris said, they are “a bunch of kids.” Hockey is getting younger and younger. Speed is becoming more important than ferocity. This isn’t old time hockey and we aren’t playing as tough. This gives younger speedier kids an advantage. But on the other hand, our players have more experience. I mean Justin Williams has won the Stanley Cup three times; once with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and twice with L.A. Kings in 2012 and 2014. Brooks Orpik has also won one with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010.
Luis Felipe Rodrigues, another writer for FICP say “The Caps are struggling against an 8-seeded team and the fans are afraid of the President’s Trophy curse. However, after three games into the OT, the team has shown some deep scoring and a good forecheck.” Luis continues, “There’s one game remaining in Air Canada Center and it’s vital to win this one before the series come back to Washington.”
The stress will continue at least until tonight maybe even longer. However, you shouldn’t give up on the Capitals. They come back home to play at Verizon Center on Friday at 7 pm. We need to BE LOUD and send all our positive energy to our guys on the ice.
KEEP THE FAITH FRIENDS and GO C A P S!!!