I was going to write about this when the ESPN Stats & Info Twitter feed posted it Thursday afternoon, eight-plus hours before Game 5, but was wary of being labeled a dumb jinx because it presupposed something that not had happened yet. Hadn’t happened ever. But now these un-jinxable Caps are Stanley Cup champions, and I can’t believe I just typed those words.
Anyway, you’ve read plenty about all the horrible, no-good streaks that are now over. Here’s one more: After 28 all-time postseason appearances, the Caps have their first championship. That’s the longest run of playoff misery to precede a team’s first title in NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL history.
And now it’s done.
I mean, there probably are better lists to top, but whatever. And at some point, some other sad-sack franchise is going to dislodge the Caps from the No. 1 spot. Here’s a look at the titleless teams that could do that in the near future:
Team (playoff appearances without a title)
St. Louis Blues (41, my goodness)
Denver Nuggets (33 as ABA/NBA franchise, 24 as NBA team)
Buffalo Sabres (29)
Minnesota Vikings (29)
Phoenix Suns (29)
Utah Jazz (27)
Vancouver Canucks (27)
Indiana Pacers (25 as an NBA team; the Pacers won ABA titles in 1970, 1972 and 1973)
Want another sad streak that’s over? ESPN Stats & Info weighs in again:
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Game summary: Capitals 4, Golden Knights 3