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NHL Playoffs 2011: Capitals Continue To Make History For Wrong Reasons

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Confirmed by Elias -- Capitals first No. 1 seed since conference playoff format started in 1994 to be SWEPT in first or second rounds.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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In the wake of the Washington Capitals' 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning that swept them out of the 2011 NHL Playoffs, a bit of history is in order. Via Ryan O'Halloran of CSN Washington, the Caps are the first No. 1 seed since the conference playoff format began in 1994 to be swept out in the first two rounds.

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The Caps can add that to their historic collapse last season, where they became the first No. 1 seed in NHL playoff history to blow a 3-1 series lead in their seven-game loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The NHL's slogan for this year's playoffs was "History Will Be Made." The Caps sure did.