Going into Game 7 of the Caps vs. Pens playoff series was scary, yet exciting for me. I have been a Caps fan long enough to know that the odds were set against us, but figured maybe this year we would FINALLY beat those stupid flightless birds and move on to the next round. Wishful thinking!
The first period started off with the arena pumping out Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" over the loud speaker, red-robed fans screaming and the Caps on fire, totally out playing the Penguins!
Until the first penalty was called and the Penguins scored a power play goal, which was quickly followed by another goal making the score 0-2. The energy COMPLETELY left the arena.
It seemed like the fans and the players were defeated already, and we never got our hopes back up. By the end of the second period "fans" were booing, leaving and turning their jersey's inside out and SEVERAL more goals were scored against the Caps.
As a lifetime fan, I am used to this type of game/disappointment so I kept cheering the whole time (much to the annoyance of many fans around us).
But in the end my spirit alone could not rejuvenate the team.
It was a very depressing ride home, and I caught a LOT of slack from my friends and family that cheer for the Penguins.
Hopefully next year we will have a better post-season (and some more LOYAL fans!)!
C-A-P-S Caps! Caps! Caps!