Ranking the 5 Most Heartbreaking Losses in Washington Capitals History

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Ranking the 5 Most Heartbreaking Losses in Washington Capitals History
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If you consider yourself a fan of the Washington Capitals—I mean a true fan—then you are very familiar with the heartbreak that goes along with this distinction.

With the exception of the Cleveland Browns, one can make a very strong argument that the Washington Capitals are the most snake-bitten franchise in all of sports.

The Caps were the first team to blow a 2-0 series lead in the old best-of-five format, falling to the New York Islanders in the 1985 playoffs.

Two years later, the Caps would blow a 3-1 series lead for the firstbut not the lasttime and would fall to the Islanders yet again in one of the most gut-wrenching Game 7 defeats ever.

In 1992, they blew the first of multiple 3-1 series leads against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens have actually made a habit of rallying from two-game series deficits against the Caps in the playoffs.

The team has lost in four overtimes twice. That is hard to do even if you are trying.

The team has routinely squandered home-ice advantage and failed to live up to expectations time after time after time.

There have been so many heartbreaking failures and defeats in Caps history that picking the worst of the worst is a daunting task.

Brace yourselves, Caps fans, because these will not be pleasant memories at all.

Here then are the five most heartbreaking losses in the history of the Washington Capitals.


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