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The Caps Must Stay Humble
This play, when Eric Fehr got roughing and interference minors, could have cost the Caps. (Photo by Caps Outsider)
The 3-1 win for Washington puts the Caps in a good position, but it’s important to remember the game wasn’t perfect. In the first period, Washington controlled the play in almost every category, but still trailed 1-0 going into intermission. Their problems in the second period – the giveaways, shorthanded chances against, and penalties – could have given the Rangers the lift they needed to change the course of the game. New York is a team that can easily use a small mistake to switch the momentum in its favour.
”You got a long way to go and you try to keep it even keel,” Jason Chimera said after the game. “Can’t get too high and you can’t get too low. We’ve got another game on Saturday and they’re going to come out harder.”
If the Caps take their win for granted, chances are the Rangers will capitalize on them more times than not, and they don’t want to lean on Holtby the entire series instead of cracking the wall that is Henrik Lundqvist. So far, it seems like the Capitals are on the right track.
Though the Caps have been hot lately, it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t too long ago when they were close to last place in the league. It doesn’t take much in the playoffs to undo a team, as the Caps have learned season-after-season, and can’t get too cocky over this victory.