The Washington Capitals gave up Game 6 in DC to the Florida Panthers and the overtime loss meant their season was now over. A first round fate that we have all become too used to since the wonderful and fantastic summer of 2018.
Last morning issues are posted until October. You rock.
- I’ll use that first bullet point just to say thank you for reading them after each game. I’m sure you don’t all agree with every word I say about the team and yet you keep reading and I appreciate that. Thanks to Ian and Peter for giving me the opportunity to do these posts each season. Thanks to KP for the cool title image. We’ll be doing this thing again in October. I don’t know how far we’ll get here, but now let’s get to the actual game.
- The Caps should have won five of the games in this series, which is why this series is the most frustrating for me after winning the Cup. They looked like a really good team and did it without the guy who was analytically their best striker all season. Just a crazy disappointment. It wasn’t just another elimination game meltdown where they looked clueless, they really put in an effort that should have been good enough to win it. fourteen high danger chances at five-to-five-to-eight for the Panthers.
- Ilya Samsonov really deserves a nod for his efforts in this series. That Giroux goal was certainly hard to see, but he was absolutely elite in every game he played. I don’t know what the offseason has in store for the current Caps goalies, as they are both restricted free agents. Can the organization ignore the months of play before Samsonov intervenes in this series? I have no idea.
TJ Oshie scores his sixth goal of the series to tie the game 3-3. Oshie has scored one goal in four consecutive games (5g).
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- I think people can go too far John Carlson sometimes because I think he is objectively a “good to excellent” defender. It’s just that his blunders have always been the most costly at the absolute worst times, as evidenced by the multiple occasions in this series. When it is bad, it is very bad. I don’t think he’s going anywhere, so the boos and shouts about him are probably going to stay that way, at least in my opinion.
- Connor McMichael played 3:19 in total ice time in that game. I know some of you even hate me talking about him right now. Would it have made the difference? No. Do I expect him to have a much bigger role next season? Uh-huh.
- Here’s the list of guys we may have last seen in a Capitals jersey, as they’re unrestricted free agents this summer. Marcus Johansson, John Larsson, Justin Schultz, Michal Kempny, Matt Irwin, Pheonix Copley, Shane Gersich and Brian Pinho. Out of this group, I think only Larsson should be contacted to bring him back. I really loved that fourth line with him on it.
Numbers thanks to Hockey-reference.com and NaturalStatTrick.com.