WASHINGTON — The Capitals left the ice Wednesday in Pittsburgh after an overtime loss staring at one thing they must confront and one they must ignore: a 3-1 deficit to the Penguins in their second-round playoff series and their history of spring failures, respectively.
"Sometimes the road to where you want to go is not always the way you envision it in your mind," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Friday.
The reality before tonight's Game 5 at Verizon Center is that the Alex Ovechkin-era Capitals, which first made the playoffs in 2007-08, have never advanced past the conference semifinals. They are 8-7 in games in which their season would end with a loss. Last year they led the Rangers 3-1 in Round 2, then lost three straight one-goal games, two in overtime.
Fisher lifts Preds in 3OT: Mike Fisher scored his first overtime goal in 12 years, and his second goal of the game, at 11:12 of the third OT to give the host Predators a 4-3 win over the Sharks 4-3 early Friday to tie the series at two games each.
Around the league: Stars wing Jamie Benn, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and Blackhawks wing Patrick Kane are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, the Players Association's league MVP trophy. The winner will be announced June 22.