Fans had to order generic Capitals jerseys at Verizon Center on Monday...
Possible Endings for Caps-Rangers Drama
It’s been clear for some time now that we haven’t really been watching hockey this postseason when we tune into a Washington Capitals game, but a drama so intense and well-scripted that only Aaron Sorkin could have authored it. Notice how there hasn’t been a single turn-off-the-television moment for the Capitals this postseason, and each game has been milked for it’s entirety, if not longer. Despite what pundits want you to believe about Dale Hunter’s defensive system keeping the games close, what we’ve watched is nothing but an agreement between NBC, the Capitals and the NHL to keep our attention for as long as possible. Just like Survivor, or Twenty One. Right? Who’s with me? Anyone?
That being said, Saturday’s Game 7 against the New York Rangers can only be thought of as the series (or season) finale, just like a quality television show at this time of year. It won’t end with a thud, like a 6-0 spanking by either team (like the Seinfeld series finale), but something even more dramatic than Joel Ward’s overtime winner in Round 1 against Boston, not to mention the subplot that followed with the racist Twitter reactions. (It’s way too soon for the Sopranos-esque Don’t Stop Believin’ ending – that can only happen in Game 7 of the finals in the waning seconds of a tie game.)
There will, of course, be more strange happenings, such as the Beagle-is-playing, oh-wait-no-he-isn’t twist in Game 6, but those are hard to predict (unlike John Tortorella going nuts at a press conference). Instead, we’ll let you vote on four possible outcomes of Game 7, one of which is already written out in a script marked TOP SECRET/NBC PROPERTY.
How will Game 7 end?
- Caps get one-goal lead, milk it, hold off late Rangers flurry for win (like games 2, 4 and 6) (41%, 51 Votes)
- Game goes into OT (or multiple), another unlikely hero emerges for Caps. Aucoin? Semin? (35%, 43 Votes)
- Rangers put together a solid effort, like Game 1, Caps go down with honor in another tight game (20%, 25 Votes)
- Game goes into OT, a new hero emerges for the Rangers, Caps go down with honor (4%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 123