Rosen: Capitals Can Sense Stanley Cup

Washington is one win away from its first Stanley Cup in franchise history

Taz and the Moose
June 08, 2018 - 5:45 am

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After years of postseason letdowns, the Washington Capitals are one win away from a Stanley Cup championship. The Capitals dropped Game 1 to Las Vegas but have since won three in a row, including a 6-2 home win in Game 4 on Monday – a game in which Evgeny Kuznetsov had four assists.

The atmosphere in and around Capital One Arena? Electric.

“It was terrific,” NHL.com analyst Dan Rosen said on Taz & The Moose. “You come from Vegas, where the energy was just out of this world – it was just fantastic. I love what goes on in the arena there before the game. I think it’s entertainment. It’s Vegas. It’s great. But you come to D.C. – the crowds outside, it reminded me of Nashville last year. Inside the building, it was electric. It was so loud. These fans are craving it. They’ve been through the heartache, they’ve been through the disappointment. And now they know it. They sense it. They’re right there for it. And you can tell: the whole city, the buzz, it’s actually really special. If you’re in market here, it’s really special.”

The Capitals have been one of the most successful NHL franchises over the last decade – at least in the regular season. The postseason, however, has been a different story, as Washington had lost in the first or second round in nine of 10 postseasons prior to 2018.

“The fans here, they’re so long-suffering hockey fans,” Rosen said. “Forty-three years this team has been around, and how many disappointment after disappointment after disappointments have they dealt with? With teams that are supposed to be good, teams that are supposed to be dominant, and teams that just fall apart in the playoffs. The anxiety, the tension – whatever it is, it gets to them.”

On Monday, it didn’t.

“I couldn’t feel any tension in the building last night,” Rosen said. “All I felt was excitement last night. I don’t want to say they know it because the team’s still got to win another game, but it’s right there for them. They sense it. It’s like all they want to do is reach out and get it now. They’ve never been closer. The electricity, it’s what makes it great.”

Game 5 is Thursday in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET. Game 6, if necessary, is Sunday in Washington at 8 p.m. ET.