Capitals' Niskanen: I've never been more hurt in my career

Jean-Yves Ahern / USA TODAY Sports

Another spring, another disappointing early end to the postseason for the Washington Capitals.

The Caps rolled to a Presidents' Trophy during the regular season, but once again failed to reach the conference finals during Alexander Ovechkin's tenure with the team after the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated them Tuesday. When some Washington players spoke to the media Thursday, defenseman and ex-Penguin Matt Niskanen articulated the pain the entire organization likely feels.

It remains to be seen whether Washington will make organizational changes, as many observers are questioning whether something significant needs to be altered for the Caps to capture that elusive Stanley Cup.

Capitals forward Justin Williams welcomes the criticism, though, and appears to have a positive outlook for next year.

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