Capitals Eliminated from Playoffs for First Time in 7 Seasons
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in seven seasons Wednesday night.
The nail in the coffin on their season came when the Red Wings went to an overtime shootout with the Penguins, ensuring a point and Washington’s mathematical elimination, only after the Blue Jackets seized two points with a victory against the Stars.
The Capitals magic number was 91 — the maximum they could acquire upon running the table in their final three games — which both Columbus and Detroit reached with their decisions Wednesday evening.
Washington’s incredible six-season playoff stretch included five Southeast division titles, and the Presidents’ Trophy in 2009-2010, but it would be realignment, and the Caps’ ensuing shift to the new Metropolitan division in 2013 that would finally do the Capitals in.