(St. Louis – April 29,2010) No, I’m not talking about a crime that was or was not committed by a certain quarterback, but the first number one seed to lose a series after leading 3-1 in NHL history. The Washington Capitals loss to the Montreal Canadians last night, ended their season and sends young superstar Alexander Ovechkin home earlier than he’d like. How exactly did this happen?
It’s simple actually. The Caps ran into an extremely hot goalie. Jaroslav Halak had an amazing series. He turned away all but nine of the 176 shots he faced in the series resulting in a .949 save percentage. His performance along with some very agressive defensive play from the Habs sends the Canadians to the 2nd round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993, when they dispatched of the Quebec Nordiques.
The turning point in the series would have to be when the Canadians were able to force a game 7. History shows that the Caps do not perform well in game 7’s. They have lost 4 of them in the history of their franchise and many Caps fans feel that for them, history was synonymous with heartbreak.
The loss may be big for the Washington franchise but it could be a bigger loss for the NHL. I think a lot of people were hoping to see another Crosby/Ovechkin battle in the postseason. With the Habs advancing I think the NHL will lose ratings for this series and I think the might actually hurt the overall ratings for the postseason.
So now the Habs will face the Penguins in the next round, if nothing else we can expect to see an olympic hero against one of the hottest goalies in the league. Let the puck drop!!