WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Capitals have now endured six consecutive Stanley Cup playoff appearances resulting in a failure to get past the second round, and as 106.7 The Fan’s Caps beat reporter Sky Kerstein said, “something needs to change.”
Although, this season they weren’t even able to escape the opening round of the playoffs, after getting ousted by the Rangers in a Game 7 for the second consecutive year.
The Caps are now 3-3 in the opening round during the Alex Ovechkin era, and 0-3 in the Quarterfinals, amounting to nothing more than five division championships and six years worth of heartache for their fan base.
“They just don’t have it,” Kerstein told Lavar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan. “There’s something wrong here. Something needs to change. You just can’t do the same thing over and over and over again with no results.”
Kerstein’s spirited call-in (which you can hear below), echoed the sentiment of a jaded fan base, burned far too many times by the temptation of a team starting to ‘click at the right time’ before the postseason.
This is a fan base that’s now star-crossed; torn between the fantasy of the Caps current core – consisting of Ovechkin, Mike Green, and Nicklas Backstrom – fulfilling its destiny of winning a cup, and the more likely reality that change is imminent, which would involve breaking up that core they’ve watched grow together, in exchange for prospects and a new destiny.
“Everybody says they have all this talent,” Kerstein continued. “Yea, these guys are really good in the regular season, but something happens when they go to the playoffs. Maybe they just aren’t as talented as we thought they are.
“Maybe the biggest issue is everybody overvalues them. They say this team has tons of talent. How come they can never do anything when it actually counts?”
The bottom line is, it’s increasingly difficult to believe in a future that forever remains a year away.