Tuukka Rask deserves all the credit in the world for his brilliance this postseason, but Tim Thomas deserves an assist for showing him how it’s done.
The Capitals overcame adversity throughout the regular season, a trend which has followed them into the playoffs. They’re staring down the barrel of a Game 7 with a team that finished 17 points ahead of them in the regular season standings, but if previous records have any say in the process, the Caps shouldn’t have come this far anyways.
Washington Capitals fans have suffered the reigning disappointment of watching their team favored to win Lord Stanley’s Cup, let them down again and again. Perhaps all they needed was just a little less expectation.