With the Capitals eliminated before reaching the conference finals yet again, the reaction has been mixed over whether the season has been a success or not.
Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy takes a look at the roller coaster of a season that the Capitals had, and had this to say.
"But in this oddest of odd years for the Capitals - the summer additions, the high expectations, the underwhelming play, Bruce Boudreau's firing, Dale Hunter's lack of impact and then sudden impact in the playoffs - the end result was an appearance in Game 7 of the conference semifinal. It's not where it should have ended based on preseason aspirations, but it's an achievement given what they've become."
In a post-game column for the Washington Post, Thomas Boswell says that this loss has given the Capitals a "new identity".
The Caps reasserted, even in their 2-1 loss at the hands of superb goalie Henrik Lundqvist, that they have found a new playing style - a new team identity really - under rookie Coach Dale Hunter that can keep their Window of Opportunity as a serious Stanley Cup contender open for years.
The Capitals will now embark on the offseason, looking to build on their playoff performance in 2012.
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