Washington Capitals Clinch Southeast and Playoff Birth


The Winnipeg Jets were in D.C. to take on the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. I would argue that the Capitals are the hottest team in the NHL right now. Going into the game the Caps had a 1 point lead on the Winnipeg Jets in the Southeast division. The Jets were sitting in 9th place in the conference 1 point behind the Rangers. With a win against the Capitals the Jets would have jumped to 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and knocked the Rangers out, and drop the Caps to 7th, pushing the Ottawa Senators to 8th.

However, the Jets were unable to beat the rolling Capitals. Alex Ovechkin had an empty net goal and assisted on Nicklas Backstrom’s goal in the second period. With the empty net goal Ovi padded his league leading total of 30 goals. This month Ovechkin has 13 goals and a total of 19 points in 11 games. Ovechkin is making a very strong case that he should be the favorite for the Hart trophy. He pulled the Capitals out of a huge hole they dug themselves into at the beginning of the season. The Capitals were 16-17-1 when the month of April started.

The Capitals have improved as the season has gone on. They’re hot at the right time and are looking to go deep into the playoffs. The Jets hit a skid at the end of March and the beginning of April and the Capitals were able to take advantage of it and jump them in the standings and they haven’t let off the gas since. The Capitals beat the Jets 5-3 Tuesday. Ondrej Pavelec faced 40 shots from the Capitals and they only had one 2 minute powerplay. Nik Antropov, Evander Kane, and Blake Wheeler all scored for the Jets, while Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Chimera, Matt Hendricks, Alex Ovechkin, and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Capitals.

 

Tags: Alex Ovechkin Blake Wheeler Evander Kane Jason Chimera Mathieu Perreault Matt Hendricks New York Rangers NHL Playoffs Nicklas Backstrom Nik Antropov Ondrej Pavelec Ottawa Senators Southeast Division Stanley Cup Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets

  • Patrick Helper

    I have issues with the NHL point system. Washington looks to be at best a 6 seed most likely a 7 by points alone. I understand the format, and understand winning a division should count for something, but I strongly feel that the NHL needs to change to a straight point system. You seed were your points put you.