After 20 Long Years, The Second Round Curse Is Broken!

This is an article on my experience (Bryce) and reaction to the series winner last night against the Penguins at PPG Arena.

 

I’ve been a Washington Capitals fan since the early 2000s and walked into a community of heartbreak and hopelessness. I was taught growing up that when times are tough, you stick together and push through. Since 1998, the Caps community has suffered through let downs and zero successes. When Alex Ovechkin was drafted in 2004, I knew that he was a sure sign of hope. However, there would be changes to come with time and coordination for good opportunity. From then until now, it has been a grueling process getting pass the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov made everyone’s wish come true with the overtime winner in game six to eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins, their arch nemesis of the post-season, and it couldn’t be any sweeter without his signature flying bird celebration.

Monday night, I was out playing pick up hockey at my local ice rink. I made the decision not to watch due to nervousness and because I just love playing the game (good exercise, too.). However, nothing stopped me from streaming the game from my phone before and after my ice session. I caught the last 2 minutes of the overtime period while I was removing my gear to head home. Anxiously watching and very slowly take piece by piece off of my equipment, I was on my toes just like everyone else. When Kuznetsov scored the game winner, I tossed my shin guards up in the air and almost hit my buddy on the other side of the locker room with them. I was screaming and jumping up and down while half-dressed in hockey gear and street clothes. I haven’t celebrated that hard about hockey since I won a round-robin tournament in Connecticut when I was a teenager. The feeling was such a relief, as if a huge burden was lifted off my shoulders. I did not cry, but the feeling I had almost made me want to. Such joy ran course through me as I’m sure all of you can relate. After my very merry drive home, I arrived and cracked open a few celebratory beers.

What an unreal experience for all of us Caps fans. I am so glad to be a part of this amazing community. We must stay positive, for the Tampa Bay Lightning won’t be such a cake walk. For now though, let’s all enjoy this justified victory! ALLCAPS!

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