SNIDER: Caps fever makes fans sick

Rick Snider
April 13, 2018 - 12:45 pm
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Oh, Washington Capitals, why must you torment your fans so each spring. You spend the winter raising expectations only to quickly shed your playoff chances like cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.

Translation – not again!

Yes, the Caps blew a 2-0 lead on Thursday to lose 4-3 in overtime – naturally – to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round Stanley Cup playoffs series. Sure, it's a seven-game series and the Caps will come back.

And then lose a decisive seventh game.

READ: Three Failures In Caps' Game 1 Loss

Why can't Caps fans have nice things? A clear 1-0 series lead. Maybe not a 2-0 series lead because that makes everyone think of the epic collapse to the Pittsburgh Penguins in past playoffs. But still, 1-0 makes things so much nicer entering the best weekend of weather in six months.

Coach Barry Trotz is one game closer to unemployment. Goalie Philippe Grubauer's promotion may be short-lived. Fans are already planning weekend golf outings after next week.

Now, the Caps have shown first-round resiliency before. It's only 1-0. They've been down 2-0 before and won a series.

But even if the Caps do advance, you know who with the black uniforms awaits and that's not good. There will be more hard times ahead, so Caps fans need to enjoy this series. Figure Alexander Ovechkin will score on Sunday in a victory for the series to head to Columbus tied 1-1. Everyone will exhale, life will be good again.

Or maybe not.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks