Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: kcarrera and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Sports and Redskins  |  RSS

Capitals 4, Lightning 2

Brooks Laich scored twice, hitting a career-high 22 goals on the season, and Washington sewed up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum.

With their 11th straight victory over the lowly Lightning, the Caps tied the 1985-86 franchise high mark for wins in a season (50), and set a new record for points in a season (108).

Eye on the 7th Seed
It's still a little hazy, but one thing's for sure: the Caps won't be playing the Florida Panthers, who won but were still eliminated tonight because of Montreal's one point in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins. Washington hosts either the Habs or the Rangers to kick off the first round next week.

Tarik will be back soon with some postgame notes and quotes.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 9, 2009; 9:59 PM ET
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Tonight's Lineup: Caps at Lightning
Next: Up Next For Caps: Montreal or New York

Comments

Davethecapsfan: Game #82 isn't meaningless; it could set a new franchise record for wins in a season. But yeah, in terms of seeding, it will not affect anything at all.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 9, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Malkin: 112
Ovie: 108

One game left for both, all Ovie needs is 4 points and hope that Malkin gets nothing. :/

Posted by: rachel216 | April 9, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Montreal got one point at minimum; Florida is officially eliminated.

Boston, Washington, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Carolina, Pittsburgh, New York, Montreal. The Eastern Conference playoff cities.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 9, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Pitt and Carolina are now tied in points. I guess there's still hope of the Pitt-Philthy first round matchup where it will be hotly contested, with the winner having nothing left for Round #2.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 9, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Look for Pitt to tank their last game to try to avoid Philly..... its almost an annual event

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | April 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

As for NJ anmd Ottawa, NJ got there first 2. Ottawa got their first one. Gee whiz, no margin of error for Ottawa.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

kind of sucks for the panthers, they played hard to get in but just fell short

Posted by: Moose33 | April 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Devils win in the SO.

Posted by: MReilly9 | April 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Aucoin gets another point -- the guy is proving he should stay: hustle, hustle, hustle. Love this kid

oh yeah, go Vermont

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank God, the Caps won today. So we didn't have to depend on Ottawa.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 9, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

How many years in row is that for the Panthers barely missing the playoffs? Boumeister is gone and nothing to show for Florida.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 9, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

i think this might be the panther's 8th year in a row missing the playoffs

Posted by: Moose33 | April 9, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Vermont tied with BU 3-3 after 2.

Posted by: MReilly9 | April 9, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Its Habs or Rags. This is excellent!

Posted by: Sonyask | April 9, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually... I'm kindof glad Florida is already out. That way, I don't have to feel bad if we beat them on Friday night...

I'd love to see us win and take home the franchise record for most wins in a regular season. That would rock my sox!

Posted by: irockthered | April 9, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Nothin to do but relax Saturday. (Saturday IRTR)

Posted by: Sonyask | April 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Most likely it is going to be the Habs.

They have to win and the rangers have to lose in order for us to play them. They get DET, rags get the Flyers again.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 9, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I meant, most likely it is going to be the Rags*.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 9, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, could someone please let me know which seeds play which in the 2nd round, as in is it 1-8 plays 4-5 and 2-7 plays 3-6, or 1-8 plays 3-6 and 2-7 plays 4-5?

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | April 9, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Incredibly, the Caps ended up outshooting them 33-24. Quite a turnaround after the opening. Actually, the Caps created quite a few chances. Would've been great to see Fehr & Flash put it home. And Ovi! had 11 shots, but seemed to put them right on Ramo several times. Don't want him to start the playoff/s this way. Cmon Ovi!

Posted by: Sonyask | April 9, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Richmond-

Habs have Pitt, not Detroit. I agree that it will be the rags though.

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | April 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

DCSF -- The next round, the top seed plays whomever is the bottom seed, etc. So if Boston wins, they play the lowest seed who won, but if theyh lost, Caps are in top position and play whomever has the lowest seed as of the 2nd round

Posted by: Sonyask | April 9, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

not to be a downer or get too technical, but i dont view this as a franchise record. when they won 50 in 85-86 there were only 80 games played and you didn't get a credit for shootout wins. it deserves an asterisk. great accomplishment, no doubt, but not a record.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 9, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks sonyask, so that means if caps win first round and Boston loses, caps would be playing the 8 seed? I promise this is the furthest ahead I'll look. Don't want to curse anything!

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | April 9, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

yeah, that's the second time i got that wrong. i got that in my head.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 9, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

DCSF1- Just noticed there is another poster with almost an identical user name to mine. I post pretty rarely so hopefully it won't cause any confusion!

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | April 9, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I like that one -- if we win against the Rangers and and the Bruins lose to Montreal, we play the Habs. (or if we play Mon and the Rags beat Bos, we play the Rags next).

But one round at a time, please

Posted by: Sonyask | April 9, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Rangers and Habs both suck. Yeahhh for BU tieing it

Posted by: gtydings | April 9, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Habs Boston might be a very good series. Let's get that, NJ-Car, Pit-Phi and us-Rags

Posted by: Sonyask | April 9, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Good series, Habs-Bruins. Ad NJ-Car; Phi-Pit; Us-Rags, that's a very nice set of playoffs there.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 9, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for those two posts -- got an error message on the first.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 9, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

By the way, the Caps have the longest current win streak in the NHL at 3 in a row, we're going in hot

Posted by: Moose33 | April 9, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Comment about ov vs Price or "king" Henry... this is a guy that thrives on adversity. In DC he'll still have the star goalies, then back to their buildings - MSG and Bell Centre notoriously hard to play in. Except this team, led in points/scoring & enthusiasm by ov thrives in the situation and the rest will follow. I still am hoping Habs pull it out and flip flop one more time but either is so much better than a keystone state or canes matchup I'll take it any day. Oh please Philly v Pens, whoever is left standing will have nothing for round 2.. so I'm still watching down to the wire.

Posted by: hannah8 | April 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I see Carolina is now tied with Pitt for 5th position. If they both lose (or both win) their next games, who would win, based on tie breakers. Pitt has 44 wins. Carolina has 45 wins. I can't recall who was best in head to head.

Carolina plays NJ next.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 9, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

@hannah8

I agree with you. I want a Pitt-Philthy matchup also. I read that the On Frozen Blog website is drooling over that possibility also.

Detest the two Keystone state hockey teams. The Flyers are philthy. And the Pens cast of characters remind me of the kids my younger daughter had to deal with in MS, gossipy, trash talking bunch.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 9, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

That's excellent, Phi-Pit & NJ-Car is set. Some great matchup!

Posted by: Sonyask | April 9, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75:
if they remain tied then car has the tiebreaker over pit with more wins. i'm not sure how a three way tiebreaker works - phi also has 97 points with an extra game to play

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 9, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

@Sonyask,

Pitt-Philthy & NJ-Car isn't quite set yet. Depends on how the last game for them goes. As Captain Kirk in AZ pointed out, Carolina leads in wins.

It will probably be Philthy vs Car and NJ vs Pitt but our chances of Philthy vs Pitt are better than they were. Will we now be in the impossible position of rooting FOR NJ in the last game? Pitt plays Montreal. Will they tank on purpose (and rest their regulars) so they can duck playing Philthy (as some of tonight's posters fear.)

Anyway, I hope the games between #3-#6 and #4-#5 are all very tough games for both teams involved and they go to 7 games and the winner has nothing left for Round 2.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 10, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Look for Pitt to tank their last game to try to avoid Philly..... its almost an annual event

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | April 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

haha, nice.

i kinda hope we play the rangers. aside from lundqvist, they don't have many weapons (montreal may not be the best team, but they do have a pretty potent powerplay, and koivu who is a notorious playoff performer...)

Posted by: virkulous | April 10, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Will Pitt get penalized for having a girl on their team as captain? Just wondering...=)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 10, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company