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For Capitals, it's Cup or bust (again)

Updated: October 6, 2010, 9:48 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Were five days in April enough to destroy one of the great revivals in pro sports?

Were the final, curious flailings from the Washington Capitals' collapse against eighth-seeded Montreal the first showings of a loose thread ready to unravel all the good that has been done in the nation's capital?

In the days after the Capitals' first-round series loss to the Canadiens this past April, veteran forward Mike Knuble said people around him walked on eggshells.

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