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Eastern Conference Semifinals
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Cinco de Mayo.
On a day in which our country celebrates Mexican heritage and pride, millions of Americans enjoy the holiday by consuming Coronas, margaritas, and other various Mexican-based beverages.
Unfortunately, Washington Capitals fans have never had the privilege of celebrating the holiday featuring a Caps victory.
The Capitals will look to change that Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers as they attempt to tie the series at two games apiece at the Verizon Center.
Both teams will have had two days of rest following the three overtime marathon that took place on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, and this game certainly has a monumental impact on the series. If the Caps win, they will gain momentum heading into New York on Monday similar to the Boston series. Lose, and be on the brink of elimination.
Washington has played a total of two contests on Cinco de Mayo, losing both games by identical 3-0 scores.
The last occurrence was 18 years ago in the 1994 playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Before that, Washington lost to the Boston Bruins on the holiday during the 1990 Wales Conference Finals. The Caps won only one game in the two series combined.
This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a good day for Caps players as well as fans. (for totally different reasons)
While the Capitals have never won on the May holiday, the team has sported a record of 5-0-1 when playing at home this season on Saturday's. The Rangers also put an end to the Caps overall six game winning streak when playing on the day of Saturday with a 3-1 victory in Game 1 last weekend.
In case you were wondering, the Rangers are 4-3 all-time when playing on Cinco de Mayo. The last instance was in the 1996 playoffs when the Blueshirts defeated the Penguins 6-3, their only win of the series.
One could certainly make the assumption that Rangers and Caps fans alike will get an early start to the festivities tomorrow afternoon.
Here's to hoping that Caps fans will have two things to celebrate.
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