As every NHL crew is eradicated from playoff rivalry — both mathematically, dropping within the postseason or successful the Stanley Cup — we’ll check out three keys to its offseason and a way-too-early prediction for what 2018-19 will maintain.
What went proper
This was the 12 months the place there have been no expectations for the Washington Capitals.
No Presidents’ Trophy as a burden. No hoopla coming into the playoffs. Even GM Brian MacLellan tempered the temper, telling reporters final offseason that the Caps had been wading by way of “the same kind of hangover” champions endure — with out truly successful a championship.
So after all this was the 12 months that the Caps lastly received over the hump. Maybe it will have been successful simply to oust the Pittsburgh Penguins from the playoffs. However Alex Ovechkin, in his 13th season, lastly made all of it the way in which. The Capitals, in the end, are Stanley Cup champions.