How the Caps disrupted a history of playoff disaster


TAMPA -- When the Washington Capitals advanced past the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, forward T.J. Oshie was asked how this postseason was going to be different from the past. The Capitals were slotted to face the Pittsburgh Penguins, whom they couldn't beat, in the conference semifinals, from which they couldn't advance.
Oshie, with confidence, said it would be different because this wasn't the same Capitals team.
"Defensively, we're more aware of the correct reads. Defensively, we're a little more responsible," he said. "I think in years past, our lineup was pretty stacked. It seemed like we kinda got away with good players making [bad] reads."