I don't have time to get into all the reasons I hate the Caps (it starts at the top with the owner and goes all the way down to large portions of the fan base, hitting the PR guy, the coach, and the stars on the way and mostly has to down with all of the above being either extremely thin-skinned or a creepy douchebag), but I hate them and watching them lose in the first round after going up 3-1 in the series because they couldn't score goals, something no one predicted would be a problem? A-mazing. Game 7 of that series might have saved the playoffs for me. I think I can watch them now and I wasn't sure I could 48 hours ago.
And honestly, the Caps getting upset in the first round makes me feel better about the Sabres. Don't get me wrong, the Sabres have problems that need to be addressed, that much is clear. But the NHL playoffs are a weird and wonderful beast. You just never know. Winning a championship is hard. Talent is a huge part of that but there a million other little things that come into play and all those things have to break just right for the last team standing. All season long local media types and some fans talked about how the Caps were clearly a cut above the Sabres. They were more talented and they played harder and more intense. But in the end the Caps and Sabres ended up in exactly the same place for exactly the same reason: out in the first round because no one could finish when their teams needed them to. Who saw that coming? Still bummed about the Sabres, but I don't know, this is kind of what's fun and awesome (and agonizing and heart-breaking) about hockey. I don't think I'd have it any other way.