Barry Trotz: “Just get behind us. Please. That’s all I ask.”

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The Washington Capitals are on the cusp of doing something no DC sports team has done for 20 years – advance to the conference final of a playoff tournament. The Caps got a huge win in Game 5 putting them just one win away from eliminating their biggest rivals and getting over the hump that many fans across the DMV have been yearning for. Ironically, the last DC team to get past the second round was the Capitals who did so back in 1998. 

It’s not just the Capitals who have been trying to end the ghosts of playoff pasts. In fact, each of the major four sports teams have had their share of futility since 1998.

The Redskins made the playoffs five times and only posted one playoff win during that era. The closest they ever got to an NFC Conference Championship game came in the 2005 season when they defeated the Buccaneers in the first round, before falling to the Seahawks in the semifinals.

The Wizards made the playoffs eight times with their best playoff run coming a year ago when they battled the Celtics in the second round in a hard-fought series before coming up short in Game 7.

The Nationals, who relocated from Montreal and began playing in Washington in 2005, made the playoffs four times and had a chance to end the DC drought at least three times in 2012, 2016 and 2017. Their best opportunity came in 2012 when they were just one strike away.

In total, the Capitals, Redskins, Nats and Wizards have played in 13 games where a win would’ve meant a trip to the conference finals. They’re 0-13 in those games. Monday night could change everything.

For the last three years around this time, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz has been asked the same questions. Trotz has been known to say that the past doesn’t matter. Not this year. Having been with the Capitals for almost four years now, he knows fairly well by now how much this fan base has suffered, how much they’ve been starving for playoff success. In his press conference on Sunday, he gave the fans one simple message:

“Just get behind us. Please. That’s all I ask. We’re the ones playing. Trust me. I can tell you there’s not a player, a coach, a trainer, ownership, GM who is not trying to do everything they can to win this series. Trust me. We’re trying as hard as we can and at the end of the day that’s all we can promise. Get behind us, help push us forward and we’re going to give you our best.”

Video via Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington

On Monday night, we will all come together as one. Whether you were a Caps fan back in 1974 at the very beginning or became a Capitals fan during the “Rock the Red” era, the entire Washington DC area and Capitals fans around the world will come together as one. The Caps may be playing in a hostile environment in Pittsburgh but they’ll be playing for and thinking about us fans. On Monday night, we are ALL CAPS.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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7 Responses to Barry Trotz: “Just get behind us. Please. That’s all I ask.”

  1. “Just get behind us. Please. That’s all I ask. We’re the ones playing…’

    Barry, please get it straight….we’ve ALWAYS been behind this team. That’s what all of those red jerseys and decibel deafening cheers are all about. Keep playing Jakub Vrana significant minutes with players who complement his considerable speed and skill. That will help a great deal.The happy irony of your sometimes bewildering personnel decisions is that we’re finally going to beat Pittsburgh anyway…

    Book it,
    Clifford
    Santa Monica, Ca

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Always behind the caps! Go caps❤️❤️❤️

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