This year, the Tampa Bay Lightning were a better team than the Washington Capitals. One could argue that they were better than any team on ice, save for the Calgary Flames, but that has yet to be determined. Don’t hate, don’t be bitter. Why? Just because.
I have a few problems with Catherine’s comment on my post about the Tampa Bay Lightning going to the Stanley Cup Finals.
This isn’t a “my pain was then worse than yours is now” kind of post. It’s a “give credit where credit is due” kinda’ post.
She is a 6-year, hardcore Washington Capitals fan. I am also a 6-year Washington Capitals fan. The only two differences between us are that I’m kinda’ hardcore when it comes to the Caps (when the Bolts aren’t in town), yet have a bloodletting-worthy loyalty residing in Tampa.
At one point, she says, “Tampa has earned their spot in the Cup Finals…”, yet later she says, “it just ain’t fair dammit!” Fair? As if Karma laces up the skates on any given night?
Catherine is in a hard place right now. During the majority of the last six years, the Caps have been a force to be reckoned with. Nowadays, they suck. Welcome to a Lightning fan’s nightmare, Catherine. At least Pittsburg was worse this season, and the Caps may not have to suck hind tit two years in a row (or lose more than 50 games in a season… um… four years in a row).
It just pisses me off to no end that Tampa has had everything go their way this year. From having next to no man-games lost to injury, to playing sub-par teams on their way through the playoffs, it just ain’t fair dammit!
Tampa has had everything go their way this year because they’re a solid club. Shaky at times–think after the all-star break–but get done what they had to get done. Fewest man-games lost to injury this year because of Tortorella’s conditioning program and/or on-ice philosophy? Your call.
Playing sub-par teams? Caps are in the SE, as are the Bolts. Weakest conference considered, Bolts didn’t do too poorly last year… made the second round of the playoffs… so maybe earned a tougher regular-season schedule this year as compared to last. Caps reaped the same SE-suckage schedule.
Islanders? Please. Montreal? Give me a break.
Islanders? “Please” granted. Montreal? Beat the Bruins (who I was afraid the Bolts would have to face). Swept Habs, faced Philly, who beat the Leafs, who beat the Senators, who were my pick to win the East.
How are these sub-par teams?
Maybe Philly was a bit worse-for-wear at the start of the series, but they layed the ever-loving, motherfucking smack down on the Lightning with physical play in more than two games this past series, so that they were “beat up” means jack shit.
I can only imagine what long-time Caps fans are feeling, watching a 90’s expansion team be so successful while our own franchise is mediocre year after year and then implodes in a blaze of ignominy.
Long-time Caps fans are more pissed that the Capitals coaching staff and management have made bad decision after bad decision, the results of which have mired the Capitals franchise in something less than mediocrity. They’re not really all that pissed about the Lightning.
They realize that the Caps are doing now what the Lightning strugglingly did a few years ago. The Caps are in a “rebuilding” stage. And can come of rebuilding a team?
Stanley Cup Finals.
Tampa Bay Lightning are fucking proof of that.