Preview of 2015 Washington Capitals Qualifying Tournament

2015 Washington Capitals QUalifying Final

2015 Washington Capitals Qualifying Final

Here is a little description of each team in the tourney:

  1. ’97-’98 Washington Capitals (40-30-12, 92 points (3rd in Atlantic), Lost in Stanley Cup Final
  2. ’89-’90 Washington Capitals (36-38-6, 78 points (3rd in Patrick), Lost in Conference Final)
  3. ’83-’84 Washington Capitals (48-27-5, 101 points (2nd in Patrick), Lost in Division Final)
  4. ’85-’86 Washington Capitals (50-23-7, 107 points (2nd in Patrick), Lost in Division Final)
  5. ’14-’15 Washington Capitals (45-26-11, 101 points (2nd in Metropolitan), Lost in Second Round)
  6. ’87-’88 Washington Capitals (38-33-9, 85 points (2nd in Patrick), Lost in Division Final)
  7. ’10-’11 Washington Capitals (48-23-11, 107 points (1st in Southeast), Lost in Conference Semifinal)
  8. ’08-’09 Washington Capitals (50-24-8, 108 points (1st in Southeast), Lost in Conference Semifinal)

The ’08-’09 Washington Capitals were the 26th seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff. They were swept in the First Round by the 39th-seeded ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames, who would turn out to be the Cinderella story of the inaugural UNP by being the lowest seed to reach the Third Round.

Players to Watch:

  • LW – Alex Ovechkin – Duh.
  • D – Rod Langway – Back in the early ’80s, the Capitals were not doing well. Then they traded for Langway and everything turned around. A phenomenal defensive defenseman won two Norris Trophies and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • RW – Peter Bondra – Before Ovie, Bondra held most the goal-scoring records in Caps history. Also known as Bonzai, Bondra had incredible speed and had one of the best shots of his time.

The tournament begins on tomorrow! The 1st Round will carry over into Wednesday and the Semifinal Round will take place on Thursday with the Final on Friday.

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