Caps avoid revisiting Game 7 vs. the Pens
Game 7 versus the Penguins last year was the definition of anti-climax. The final standing ovation was cool, but before that there was at least 30 minutes of awkward, uncomfortable silence. Not the way that series was supposed to end. Someone told me this week that his brother bought a high-priced ticket to the game but was ensconced in a local drinking establishment well before the game ended, and I can't say I blame him.
And yes, a regular season game in mid-January is a tad different, but still, this was our first time chance to return to the braying "rivalry rivalry rivalry" media pack from last Spring, and I wasn't about to miss that. My question of the day, which the evil Tarik partially touched on in his main preview, was simple: Have you gone back and watched Game 7 and to figure out what happened? Some of the answers are above; here's the word version.
"Oh, I've watched it again, yeah," Bruce Boudreau said. "It took me a while, but I watched it again. It was as bad as watching it the first time. We stunk; they were great....It was like a woe is me, what could have been type thing. And then the first couple times I could only watch until they scored the first goal. Then I gutted it out and watched it all. But hey, they deserved it. they kicked our butts in that last game. I wasn't trying to break it down or nothing, I was just trying to look at where we screwed up and how good they are."
His players took a different approach.
"Didn't watch the whole game," Tom Poti said.
"No," Matt Bradley said. "We obviously all remember it, it's something you don't forget. I don't think there's really any need to watch it. I mean, we got beaten handily, end of story."
"No," Shaone Morrisonn said. "Why would I watch that? That's in the past now."
"No," Brian Pothier said. "If it's on, maybe some day, but I'm not gonna go and dig it out somewhere to watch."
"No," David Steckel said, in what was something of a theme. "We laid an egg. There's nothing great to watch about it other than Pittsburgh winning. I don't want to see anything like that."
And what went wrong? How did a tense, edge-of-your-seat series end with dud?
"We just didn't play well," Morrisonn said. "It's like we ran out of gas, and they were just the better team and they took it to us."
"Everyone has their theory on what happened, but I don't think anyone will ever really know what the real reason was," Bradley said. "But we lost the game, that's the main thing. Whether it was 3-2 or 7-2, we didn't get it done."
The players sort of disagreed about whether or not the game has been wiped from their memories. Obviously I don't expect them to be thinking about May when they step on the ice in Pittsburgh, but I think about that game from time to time, and I sure didn't have as much invested in it as they did. Some said they still remember, and some said the slate's been wiped clean.
"It's long, long since gone," Pothier said.
"You'll probably never get over it," Steckel said.
"I thought about it for a little while and it just kind of goes away," Poti said.
"You think what if all the time, what if we had won the game," Bradley said.
But the quote of the day probably belonged to Eric Fehr, who didn't play in Game 7 and barely played in the series. He said he didn't need to re-watch the game since he got to see it live, and he said it was good to face Pittsburgh again.
"Obviously we're disappointed that they beat us," he said. "They stole what we wanted, and we've got to go through them if we want to win the Cup. Any time is a good time to be playing them."
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