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It is truly a different year and feeling in Washington D.C. It has been a town that has been overwhelmed with plenty of sports-team disappointment over the last two decades. Finally in 2018, the Washington Capitals have the chance to make history and end the sports misery that has bombarded Washington D.C. for many years.
THE DMV FANS HAVE RALLIED AROUND THE CAPITALS
Whether you have been a D.C. sports fan since birth, or a new fan that recently tuned in, the atmosphere around the town has been unbelievable. Whether you are a new fan or older fan, the atmosphere and excitement surrounding the Washington Capitals represents what true sports fanhood is all about.
When there is chaos going on in the outside world, a sports team can help rally people together. It can also rally a town together. It is a beautiful thing that can unite people that come from all different backgrounds.
THIS CAPITALS TEAM IS DIFFERENT
As I sat in the stands for the 6-2 Game 4 victory, something struck me about this Capitals team.
As I watched the first period unfold in surprising fashion, I saw a different Capitals team. I saw a Capitals team that was intense and focused on the task at hand. I saw a Capitals team that brought a collective team effort to the table. I saw a Capitals team ready and willing to lay their bodies out on the line to block shots. This is a team where each player plays hard for the guy that is next to him on the bench or on the ice.
The Capitals are a united club, and there is a togetherness like I have never seen before. Every player is sacrificing, and every player has bought in and is giving 110% effort.
WIN WHENEVER YOU CAN, WHEREVER YOU CAN
As the Capitals embark back to Vegas for Game 5, they need to treat Game 5 like Game 7. If the Capitals want to accomplish great things, they must continue to do what they have been doing that has got them to this point.
The Capitals have done a tremendous job with their hitting, shot blocking, and stingy defensive play. In addition to the Capitals tremendous defensive play, the Capitals are getting contributions from all over the lineup. With players like Brett Connolly and Devante Smith-Pelly scoring clutch goals throughout the postseason, the Capitals are playing some excellent playoff hockey.
With three wins down, and one more needed, the Capitals must remain focused. They must continue to sacrifice and play for each other. The Capitals must do all the little things well, and the rest will take care of itself.
One thing that will remain constant the rest of the way: D.C. is united through thick and thin. The fans are behind the Capitals all the way. If the Capitals do hoist the Stanley Cup, it should not matter to any fan where they do it, and how they do it. The Capitals need to win the Cup as soon as they can. Onto Thursday night!
By: George Foussekis