A week ago the Caps clinched a playoff spot when they took the Carolina Hurricanes to overtime (and later won with an Alex Ovechkin OTGWG). Now, with their 4-2 victory over the Senators, the Caps have not only clinched the Metropolitan Division title, they’ve also clinched East’s number one seed in the playoffs as well.

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It’s never fun to watch the Caps lose — especially when it’s a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins on national television. The Caps came out hard, but could not handle the Pens’ speed, falling behind two goals in the game’s first ten minutes. The Pens would pull away later in the second and third period, scoring four unanswered goals.

The Caps gave up five even-strength goals. Dmitry Orlov and Brooks Orpik were on the ice for four of the Pens’ six tallies.

“We got exactly what we deserved tonight,” Barry Trotz said after the game.

“I’m not going to let guys off the hook,” Trotz continued. “There’s no excuse for the sloppy play and the lack of execution when the heat was on. We had some guys who were not strong tonight. You can’t do that against a team that’s trending well. They’re probably the hottest team [in the NHL].”

Let’s take a look at the Pens six goals and see what patterns we find.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

On Tuesday, the Washington Capitals returned to Verizon Center after ten consecutive days on the road. And they looked different. During warm-ups, the Caps wore bright green, holiday-inspired jerseys (which may or may not have clashed badly with their blue hockey pants). The typically plain green shamrock sweater design included a new design feature: plaid patterns up and down the sleeves.

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Hi. Earlier today, the NHL tweeted out what would need to happen for the Capitals to clinch a playoff spot. Well, with the Capitals’ taking the Carolina Hurricanes to overtime, I’m happy to announce playoff hockey is returning to Washington DC.

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The Caps Could Clinch a Playoff Spot Tonight

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After Washington’s 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1, the Capitals essentially locked up a playoff spot with 96 standings points. Over the years, passing that threshold has essentially guaranteed a playoff spot (unless you’re the 2015 Bruins).

That’s why the below news from the NHL’s PR is a bit trivial. Tonight the Caps, who have 103 points, could *officially* clinch, depending on several outcomes.

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In random news I can’t believe I’m writing about, Atlanta Falcons receiver and four-time Pro Bowler Roddy White announced during a Twitter Q&A Wednesday night that he’s a huge fan of Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

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The Capitals played the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Despite an awful start, Washington nearly dug themselves out of a four-goal hole. Thanks to the Capitals’ third period rally, the game at American Airlines Center was a fun one. 

I flew out to Dallas for the weekend to watch it and I have to thank the Stars fans for their great hospitality. I met so many wonderful people, including a bunch of invading Caps fans.

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The Capitals are the NHL’s best team. They’re also its weirdest.

After their shootout win over the Devils on Saturday afternoon, the team held another group hug at center ice. And then they danced.

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The Washington Capitals hosted their 14th annual Military Night on Thursday night. As part of Military Night, the Caps wore camo jerseys during warm-ups that were auctioned off later in the evening. Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer’s specially designed military masks were also up for bidding.

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The two Caps games that got postponed due the DC Blizzard just got rescheduled.

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