BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins is unable to stop a shot by Matt Hendricks #26 of the Washington Capitals in the overtime shootout on March 29, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals blew another one.
Leading the Boston Bruins 2-0 with less than five minutes left in the first of five must-win games, the Caps gave up two goals in less than two minutes to send the game into overtime.
Nothing seemed to be going right for Washington. In the first period, referees ejected Jason Chimera for charging the Bruins' Adam McQuaid, while Tomas Vokoun reaggrevated his strained groin and had to be replaced by Michal Neuvirth.
After blowing the aforementioned lead, Alex Ovechkin had a prime chance to win the game in overtime, but shanked an opportunity from in close. Then, in the shootout, Matt Hendricks' ankle-breaking move set the tone for what was to come:
Did you watch until the end of the video to see Thomas stumble on his way back to the locker room? Yeah, I laughed, too. Here it is again.
Anyways, that goal literally and figurateiy put the Bruins back on their heels. Alexander Semin's goal kept the Caps alive and Brooks Laich's sealed it in an important 3-2 shootout victory.
Just when it seemed like it was time to finally lay the Caps to rest, they sprung back to life. The team earned an affectionate nickname several years ago: the Cardiac Caps. I think it is time to dust that one off for the next week and a half.
With all of the said, the Caps need the Buffalo Sabres to lose, which could happen Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. I know you will feel dirty for saying this, but repeat after me: "Let's Go Penguins."
I need a shower.
Adam Vingan is co-founder and editor of Kings Of Leonsis, a Caps-centric blog, and is the Capitals Editor for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_KOL and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at) gmail.com.