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Caps Beat Rangers, Despite Our Great Expectations

Published by on April 21, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

The Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers in convincing fashion last night, extending a series that shouldn’t have never reached do-or-die status for Ovechkin and Co., and staving off a local scorn that would’ve surely been undeserved.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves - no local team with a couple of playoff wins in a couple of seasons is worthy enough for us to expect a first-round cakewalk. Not the Caps, not the Washington Redskins, and surely not the Washington Wizards. And yet, in a lukewarm metro with lukewarm sports aspirations, the Caps have somehow emerged as the prohibitive object of our highest expectations.

I know what you’re thinking: hello, Redskins? But the difference...

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