Now this is just getting creepy. A few weeks ago, I made a FanPost suggesting that Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com had "borrowed" an idea from a comment I made to write an article about the similarities of this Capitals team and the Quebec Nordiques of the early 1990s.
He's at it again, and this time the similarities are even more stark. Here is "How Washington can win, Point 2" from his "Keys to Game 7" article this morning.
2. Been there, done that and really want to do it again
You can argue that whatever happened in Game 6, or any of the first-round elimination games when the Caps erased a 3-1 series deficit against the New York Rangers, means doodley-squat. But the Caps think it means a lot, and maybe that's all that matters.
The Capitals are 7-1 in potential elimination games dating back to Game 82 of last season (a game the Caps had to win to qualify for the playoffs). Then there's the matter of playing in three straight Game 7s dating back to the first round of last postseason, when Washington lost in overtime to Philadelphia at home.
"We're aware of what to expect," Caps defenseman Mike Green said Tuesday. "I think that Game 7, it gets us excited. We seem to play good in those situations and hopefully that's the situation tomorrow night."
The Penguins have not played in a seventh game since the end of the lockout, which might become a slight factor in favor of the Capitals, but Pittsburgh did stave off elimination in last season's Stanley Cup finals by winning Game 5 in triple overtime in Detroit.
Still, throughout this series, we in the media have often cited the Pens' recent Cup finals experience as a factor in why they might defeat the youthful Capitals. Now, with it all on the line, it's Washington that seems to have the edge in experience, for whatever it's worth.
First, the premise of this point is exactly the same as a post I made yesterday. Second, he's even using the same title (or a close approximation).
The first time I suggested that he had "borrowed" my idea, it was pretty tongue in cheek. I thought it absurd that he might have actually been inspired by something I wrote on here. This time? I'm not so sure. I'll leave it to my fellow Rink Rats to judge.