For once, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals head into the Stanley Cup playoffs without having to hear — and answer — so many of those same old same olds.
Why do you do so well in the regular season and then stumble in the postseason? Why do you play your worst when it matters the most? Why can't you ever get past the second round? Seriously, why?
All it took to end all that talk was a Stanley Cup championship a year ago. Now the Capitals embark on a back-to-back bid by hosting Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
“It's a new year. What happened was great,” said Ovechkin, whose 51 goals made...