#3 Losing the season series to the Pittsburgh Penguins
It’s always disappointing when you lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins but dropping a season series to them where you’ve played them eight times is pretty bad. The Caps went 2-2-4 with four games coming on the losing end in the overtime or the shootout. They also dropped both home games against the Pens in late April in front of their own fans which contributed to the Penguins winning the MassMutual East Division.
How did the Penguins finish? Similar to the Capitals. They bowed out in the first round this year to the New York Islanders who went all the way to the third round before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning. At least we won’t have to be talking about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin playing for a Cup this year.
The Caps dropped their first game to the Penguins on the road in a shootout before losing the next game in overtime. They finally got their first win over the Penguins on Feb. 16 after dropping a 6-3 game to them two days prior on Valentine’s Day. The Caps also had one memorable home win against the Penguins with T.J. Oshie scoring easily the goal of the year.