With the shocking news that Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals have decided to part ways, the past 24 hours have been rife with speculation about the future of the franchise. Caps fans should see a few positives about the news.
The Washington Capitals held on for a nail-biting 3-2 win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Caps' goalie Braden Holtby's miraculous save to prevent overtime stole the show.
Caps-Vegas: In a wild, up-and-down Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Washington Capitals fell 6-4 to the Vegas Golden Knights out West. However, a head-scratching missed call from an official benefited the home team.
Caps in the Final! The Washington Capitals reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1998 by playing to their strengths and never letting go of their game plan - dismantling the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0.
The Washington Capitals have a habit of bouncing back from bad losses with strong follow-up games, and they'll need one for the Caps to keep their season alive after a frustrating 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5.
For the third year in a row, the Washington Capitals will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Washington lost the last two series, but this year feels different.
After Monday night's thrilling 6-3 win, the Washington Capitals have clinched their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets and secured their spot in the second round against - who else? The Pittsburgh Penguins.