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More shame for Washington Capitals

Sweep ranks among least likely playoff exits since 1996

Updated: May 5, 2011, 12:53 PM ET
By Timo Seppa | Hockey Prospectus
CapitalsKim Klement/US PresswireThe Caps' sweep was one of the most suprising exits in recent history.

On April 21, 2010, the Washington Capitals were poised to put away the Montreal Canadiens, leading the first-round playoff series 3-1. Just seven days later, the Habs stunned the hockey world, winning three games in a row to take the series, all while holding the regular-season offensive juggernaut -- 3.82 goals per game, the highest mark since the lockout -- to two goals or fewer in each of those games.

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