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Caps Can Clinch Division Tomorrow

I never thought I would be writing this tonight. But the Panthers just beat the Hurricanes in Raleigh for the first time six years, 4-3, despite being out-shot 46-17, despite losing goaltender Tomas Vokoun to back spasms.

That means the Caps can clinch the Southeast Division championship -- it would be their first since winning back to back titles in 2000 and 2001 -- with a win or an OT loss against the Panthers tomorrow night.

That's right. If the Caps get a single point, a first round matchup with the Rangers, Bruins, Flyers or Senators awaits. If the Caps lose in regulation, however, the Canes are in and they are out.

The other day, Ted Leonsis called the Caps a team of destiny. They are now one point away from becoming just that.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 4, 2008; 11:09 PM ET
 
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first haha

Posted by: andy s | April 4, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

The whole 'first' thing is stupid.

In other news, LET'S GO CAPS! This team is going to give me a heart attack.

Posted by: Kip | April 4, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Third!

Go Caps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: THIRD | April 4, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

third ... gold and bronze!!!

silver is a jerk

Posted by: andy s | April 4, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Kip wants to be first

Posted by: Andy s | April 4, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

The game isn't just for the playoffs, it's also for OV's MVP award, and Coach Boudreau's Coach of the Year Award! It's a big game, eh?

Posted by: Dezlboy | April 4, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Needing only a point to clinch the Division is even more of a reason to get Steckel back in the lineup tomorrow if healthy. At the risk of messing with a hot lineup, his defense, faceoffs and PK could play a big role in earning that point.

Posted by: capsbob | April 4, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Any word on the Panthers' goalie status for tommorow?

I already no the answer but when you finally do get the info I would appreciate it if you could share that with us :)

Posted by: GoUnited | April 4, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

"If the Caps lose in regulation, however, the Canes are in and they are out."
====================
I think you mean they are out of the division championship - but they can still get into the playoffs right, if Philly loses its last game too, no?

Posted by: David | April 4, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Here is a great quote for posting in the CAPS locker room before the Florida game:

"We control everything now," Horton said. "They're [Carolina] going to be watching and wondering what we're doing."

Nathan Horton, after the Carolina game, refering to the Panthers' next game against the CAPS.

We'll see on Saturday what Alex and company have to say about who "controls everything" now!!! Go CAPS!

Posted by: Ed Miller | April 4, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

@David

No. The Flyers won tonight so they have 93 points. Since we have 92, we can't catch up to them if we lose.

Posted by: GoUnited | April 4, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

alright boys, if your superstitious or underage don't read this....whos ready to drink when were in tomorrow? woo baby. Also, Jeff shultz with the go ahead goal tomorrow, im calling it. tarik?

Posted by: steve h | April 4, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well indeed. What a crazy season -- and we're not done yet.

Posted by: uncatim | April 4, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I found some article saying that some carolina player (whitney maybe?) said that they could hope for tomorrow, but the chances that Florida would win against the caps... "probably not". I re-searched for the link and I can't find it... I think it was on newsobserver.com but they're juggling alot of stuff right now....

Posted by: unhuman | April 4, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

If you are superstitious, please skip the rest of this post (which is copied from previous thread).

Calculations for the #6 seed. (Anyone see anything wrong?)

NYR: NYR gets 0 points and BOS gets 2 points
BOS: BOS gets 2 points and NYR gets at least 1 point
BOS: BOS gets 1 point and PHL gets 1 or fewer points
OTT: BOS gets 0 points and PHL gets 1 or fewer points
PHL: PHL gets 2 points and BOS gets 1 or fewer points

(Phew!)

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 4, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

As OV would say about the Saturday game, "It's just a hockey moment." :-)

Posted by: Dezlboy | April 4, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Crosby 8:::D

Posted by: Mark h | April 4, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Does Bradley have to miss tomorrow's game beacuse he was in a fight with under 5 minutes left?

Posted by: Phil C. | April 4, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Found it!!!
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/scores/20080404/Fla@Car/story

"It feels disgusting. We just needed to win two of our last four, and we go 1-3," left wing Ray Whitney said. "How we lost this one, not only is it frustrating and it hurts, (but) you hate to sit back and hope you're going to get help. ... We've got to hope (the Panthers) do the same job tomorrow night as they (did against Carolina). I doubt they will. Washington's taking care of their business like it means something, and it's just frustrating that we let this one slip away."

Posted by: unhuman | April 4, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

If Caps come out on Saturday thinking they only need one point, Florida will deal us a heart-breaking 1-goal loss and end our play-off dreams. We need to be aggressive from the very beginning, and only consider the tie if it is middle to late third period.

Go CAPS!!

Posted by: Williamsport MD Caps Fan | April 4, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

just imagine how comfortable we would all be right now if they had fired handlon after last years stinkfest instead of waiting until thanksgiving. how did GMGM not realize that anyone who cant win with the talent we had last year and this year doesnt deserve a job. caps have just as much talent, young talent at that, as pittsburgh who is the top seed in the east. we could be right there with them next year, a whole year with double b bruce boudreau

Posted by: love | April 4, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I haven't felt this freaked out in a LONG time. Good God please win tomorrow! I can't even type! LET'S GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ratgurl | April 4, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

One point my ear....
OV with the hat-trick and we deal the Cats a 4-1 loss so the boys from Carolina have somebody to go golfing with.

LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: pmoravek | April 4, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Phil:
He was not the instigator, was he? If not, then he can play tomorrow.

Posted by: Boo! | April 4, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Molson for everybody! but not Kip...

okay,cfine...some for Kip.

Posted by: Andy s | April 5, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

See what happens when we play Steve Eminger? If they'd have been playing him all year, we would have clinched a LONG time ago!

Posted by: Kitchener Ranger | April 5, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

It's so weird that a ton of people were talking in the previous post and then this one appears and it's just about all new folks. :)

Welcome to the party!

Posted by: keef | April 5, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

keef:
It IS a party now! :-D Man how this "place" has changed, huh? Hey, it's all good ...

Posted by: Boo! | April 5, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

if we take care of business and the sens make 6th, i'll make a wager with canada's prime minister that the losing city must save the other's economy

Posted by: george bush | April 5, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

been reading all year....the occassional comment...what a wild ride.........

Lets just bury them tomorrow...very nervous

Posted by: chris larry | April 5, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Tomorrow is already too long.

Posted by: Greg S. | April 5, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Even with Car winning we'd control our own destiny since OTT lost in regulation. Incredible - I would have never thought CAR would screw up like this. And they had lot of help from the refs - even the commentators said some calls were more than questionable.

I can only imagine how VC will be tomorrow :)

I envy you guys :)


COOOOME OOOONNN BOOYS!

Posted by: mauree | April 5, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to access the CAR post-game interviews. I think they should remove their front page now :D

Posted by: mauree | April 5, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

We love diving.

Posted by: Ray Whitney | April 5, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

I am so getting in early tomorrow. We need to make the joint rock like it has never rocked before.

So who else is glad they snagged their end of year ticket really early?

Posted by: EricS | April 5, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad I snagged my playoff tickets really early. :)

Posted by: keef | April 5, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik - nice article on Boudreau.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | April 5, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh
My
God

Posted by: Goat | April 5, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

It's been forever since I've posted, but good God, is this nerve-wracking or what?

This is the most excited I've been in a long, long time.

Tomorrow night cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | April 5, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

poopoopeepeechute

Posted by: drunk fan | April 5, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

MAN I CANT WAIT UNTIL 6PM WHEN WE BLOW THE ROOF OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS GONNA BE CRAZY SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DC Does have hockey fans....and the are one of the great!!!!!!

Posted by: RED AND LOUD | April 5, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Well I'm done with celebrating the lost..

With that said, it's not a sure win or OTL, tonight. Panthers can very well play, like how they did against the Canes, against Caps, and beat us in regulation. Although, I find it hard that it will happen, but look at what happened to Carolina. No one thought they'd lose this game, but look at how it ended. Panthers steal a win, Canes now have to scoreboard watch, hoping Caps lose in regulation. It is going to be a tough game, that's for sure. Our boys better be ready to fight for this one.

Posted by: elicea | April 5, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

@ Love

Only problem with that thought is if they were looking for a coach in the off season, would they have selected BB? I doubt it. I bet they would have gone with an "experienced" coach instead.

Reason Caps will not fall to FLA like Canes did: right now we are a better team.

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 5, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I was at a bar being DD for the night when I got the final scores. I jumped up and yelled, loudly. I was so excited. Except no one there had any idea what hockey was. So I quieted down before they kicked me out. But my gosh!!! I am going to be antsy as all get out tomorrow at work. Can't wait to watch the game! I'm already so excited I don't know if I'll be able to sleep!!
Everyone going to the game tomorrow, yell loudly for me!

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 5, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

i dunno, they may have, but i have a feeling double b was on their radar last year too, he did such a phenomenal job with hershey, he had to be. just thankful they axed handlon when they did, he made watching Ovie, semin green and backstrom boring...tough to accomplish

Posted by: love | April 5, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Caps fans have been voting...
http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/12337075/site/21683474/

Posted by: nrl | April 5, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Man, Molson's is all right. Not as good as Sam Smith's oatmeal stout, but all right. Thanks for the drink.

Anyway, let it be known that I've converted locals (I'm in grad school in Idaho, of all places, where we just shut down the bars) into watching the Caps. I've got five people over to watch the next game. We're all rooting hard, from many time zones away. Voices three thousand miles distant, yelling LET'S GO CAPS. Team of destiny? God, I hope. I've been a fan for too long, maybe this is the year.

Dammit, as much as I've been down on this team this year, I believe.

Posted by: Kip | April 5, 2008 4:42 AM | Report abuse

@ Kip

Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout is amazing, but have you ever tried Rogue's Chocolate Stout? If not, I highly recommend it. I will be sure to have a few 22 oz bombers before the game is over this night.

Posted by: Yitzhak | April 5, 2008 6:14 AM | Report abuse

So is it division title or nothing at all?

Posted by: Jamie | April 5, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

No question the Caps will come out strong. Anderson's a hot goalie lately, but the place will be rocking! I'm wearing red already. What a game this will be!

Posted by: Sec 105 | April 5, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it's division title or nothing at all.

Talk about a great set up! It's going to be a long day.

Posted by: Sec. 105 | April 5, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Coming from baltimore for the game.Leaving around noon. Needless to say,I'll have a "tiny" buzz by game time. See you at the Turtle!

Posted by: markfromparkville | April 5, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

My prediction for the game-For the Panthers it's going to be ugly early!

Posted by: markfromparkville | April 5, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Tonight IS a playoff game for us! Let's finish what we started!

Posted by: fishman | April 5, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Holy jumping I can't believe this! It's like watching a sports movie. Bruce IS from central casting... Leading this young team from nowhere to a winner take all game. This is what players like Ovie and Federov live for. A win and the ugly start to the season is officially erased.

Posted by: TheCapitalist | April 5, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Never in a million years thought Carolina would lose to FL.

Is there anyone else on here who will be in Section 101 tonight and would be willing to help me distribute some small signs to each seat in the section? If so, please email me apang@jeffersondc.com

Thanks!

Posted by: alpca3877 | April 5, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I think B. Johnson should start in net tonight. He has been hot vs. Florida in the past.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

@ 8:06 AM --

You are joking, I assume. Or a Canes fan.

Go Caps!!!

Posted by: Joe B | April 5, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,
Just wanted to say thanks for all the great updates through this amazing season. I've been stationed in Korea since last April and have been keeping tabs on what's going on back in DC mainly through Caps Insider. I get back stateside later this month and am looking forward to seeing a playoff game or two while I'm home. Go Caps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Mike M. | April 5, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Boudreau: Adams
Backstrom: Calder
Ovechkin: Hart
Kolzig: Heart and Soul

Let's not forget our history.

Posted by: GoBigRed4 | April 5, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

@Mike M.
Thanks for your service!

Posted by: markfromparkville | April 5, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I would like to see is us by 4 in the 3rd period and have Olie come in to finish the game. I would hope/expect the house to be extremely loud in appreciation for his years of service.

Let's get on them strong and early. They are tired from a huge game last night.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 5, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who has yet to make a poster for tonight:

Ovie: Hart, Rocket, Ross
Boudreau: Adams
Backstrom: Calder?
Sorry Nick, NHL can't give us EVERYTHING

ON A MUCH MORE IMPORTANT NOTE! FOR COX'VIEWERS!!!!!!! GUESS WHAT I FOUND!

734: COMCAST SPORTS NET HD!!!!

All my e-mails over the past 2 years finally paid off. Only took 15.

Posted by: FFS Enough | April 5, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Great time last night at Summers, whoever went over during lunch, if you are a regular, to talk to them should pry about future events since I see some more away games coming up soon!!!

LET'S GO CAPS!!!
WE WANT WINGS!!!
MVP!!!

Posted by: Super | April 5, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Today is already too long.

I feel like a kid again. It's Christmas eve, the tree is up, the presents are under it, and I CAN'T OPEN A DAMNED ONE OF THEM!!!

I WANNA SEEEEEEEE!!!!

Posted by: Greg S. | April 5, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Florida Panthers.

A tie and we're in!

Now for one last sobering moment of truth if you still think the NHL wants one of their "good ole boys" (and NOT the Caps) in the playoffs: Florida was nicked with 9 penalties last night vs Canes 0, nada, zip. And there were two 5 on 3's to boot!
So (NHL Refs) you would like us beleive the Canes had an otherwise perfect game?

The Canes sobbing fans deserved better, but IMHO, their team had more than enough chances.

Now let's all hope the Cats don't show up with the same energy they had on Friday night!

Posted by: dogdaze | April 5, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

FLA played rather well yesterday. BB take notes and play smart - don't fall in their trap.

They're a very relaxed team with nothing to lose. Their goals yesterday were awesome goals. And I suspect they'll get many penalties for, yesterday the refs seemed like they wanted to prove a point in not handing us the p****.

10 hours to the game. 36000 mississippies. 35999... 35998...

Posted by: mauree | April 5, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

The Hurricanes got very unlucky in that game. They completely outplayed the Panthers. Too bad though, they lost :)

Btw, there was a penalty called against the Canes but Florida scored on the delayed call.

Posted by: GoUnited | April 5, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I think I'm going to be sick today. I had to get rid of my tix for tonight's game because of my son's Confirmation. I'm going to have a word with Bishop Loverde after the service about the sacrifice I've made for this blessed event. Would it be wrong if I asked the Bish to put in a good word with the Big Guy for the Caps tonight?

Let's Go Caps!!!

Posted by: 8 is enuf | April 5, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Tarik's got a front page! Not the sports section, but the front page!

Rock!

Posted by: Pete | April 5, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Link to picture of Post front page with article about BB: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/print/asectionfrontimage.html

Posted by: Dezlboy | April 5, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Tarik and Mike Wise - CONGRATS on making the front page! And to Bruce Beaudroux - you deserved the Headlines!

Posted by: dezlboy | April 5, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Who wears a red shirt with a suit? Great line.

Who wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall to hear Bruce's speech before the game?


Posted by: old time hockey | April 5, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I have a feeling tonight's locker room speech would be shorter than those of the previous two games. :)

Posted by: keef | April 5, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Damn, true fairweather fans like me have been waiting so many years for the Caps to bring us back out of the woodwork!!! Its nice to be back. I have not watched a game of hockey in years but Ill be all over these playoffs. tnx to you all you real fans for holding down the fort!

Posted by: FairweatherFred | April 5, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we fairweather fans must unite. I am starting to watch the Caps again, too, and it is exciting.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | April 5, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Have a couple questions, shout them out if you know them...

Who is starting in goal tonight for the Cats?

Does anyone have that webpage that shows the percentages on getting in the playoffs and what position?


@Jschon,

What time you doing the prayer?

Posted by: Roger #94 | April 5, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

MikeM,

I spent 10 years in Korea on a couple of different tours while I was in the Air Force. My family and I enjoyed our time there. I must say that I liked my second time around better because Armed Forces Korea Network would occasionally show hockey -- and for some reason, I got to see a fair number of Caps games. Didn't have computers in those days, so could not keep in touch via an excellent forum like Tarik's blog. Not sure where you're stationed in the country, but good luck and hope you can enjoy some Caps live action on your return.

Tarik -- congrats on First Page! BB is a classy guy but I wonder -- do you think he'll start getting a complex about his wardrobe? :)

Panthers will be tough tonight. Even with a ton of penalties, they still took it to the Canes. They said that if they can't control their own fate, it's nice to affect someone else's. Caps better be ready, but, hopefully, not gripping their sticks too tightly. It should be one heck of a game.

GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | April 5, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Leeguru:
Just got the word - no joy, my friend. :-( The only possibility at this point is that we MIGHT have 1 seat available, but that's it, and that's a huge maybe (which I won't know about until later this afternoon). Sorry - I was working 3 sources for ya that were all maybes, but none panned out. So unless this one seat ends up being available, I've got nothin' (and I know that you were looking for two, so it is probably a moot point anyway). I hope something else worked out for ya - I hate to see a true fan denied.

Posted by: Boo! | April 5, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

@Yitzhak & Kip,

I'm partial to the stouts from Brooklyn Brewing co, Victory's imperial & Old Dominion's Oak Barrel stout kicks butt.

Posted by: Meal in a mug | April 5, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

@Roger94

This is from the miami herald...they seem to think anderson will be starting...

Backup Craig Anderson has proved more than capable of late, winning seven of eight starts. He picked up the win Friday, too, stopping 26 shots after being brought on in relief.

''It was like damage control, only we were leading the game,'' said Anderson, who likely will start Saturday.

Posted by: oliefan | April 5, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Bummer Boo. You want me to shoot him an e-mail?

Posted by: Steve R | April 5, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I BELIEVE

Posted by: go skins go | April 5, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Here are my thoughts!
LET'S GO CAPS - tonight we finally get the chance we have been waiting for all season. Let's take the Division - I believe we can do this!!!!!
@JSchon - we need the best one for tonight!!

Posted by: Greenie | April 5, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

On this, our last regulation game, to decide the fates of fans and bandwagon fans alike, we ask all Hockey Gods to bestow a victory, or OT loss, we arent picky, over the infidels of Florida. Please bless our saviors with a bountiful goal tally and the Southeast division. Allow, the chosen one, Huet to be untested tonight and our players immune from injury. These blessings I ask of you O'Bishop of the Backcheck.

Amen

Posted by: JSchon | April 5, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I BELIEVE

Posted by: go skins go | April 5, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to Teddy & GMGM for putting us through the pain. & ignoring the nitwits.
It's all worth it now.
It's put up or shut up time folks.

Posted by: Victor | April 5, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

To whoever made the season 82 games long, THANK YOU!

To the Capitals, your table has at last been set, miraculously, with a glorious bounty of offerings, time to feast!!!

Posted by: beanboy66 | April 5, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

This discussion about BB and The Jack Adams, please correct me if I'm wrong but the Adams is awarded for the regular season, just like the Hart, Calder, and Vezina. I thought for consideration, one required a full season tenure. That is why I have never mentioned BB in the same sentence.

It sucks the big onion that BB cannot be considered but I think dems da facts.

If anyone knows differently, please post and make my day!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | April 5, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I can remember when [Capitals fans] were just going around...scratching where they didn't itch and laughing when they were not tickled. But that day is over. We mean business now and we are determined to gain our rightful place in [Hockey's] world. And that's all this whole thing is about."

Posted by: Greg S. | April 5, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

There are no restrictions on how long a coach must have been in place, but it is based on regular season. Obviously, if a coach was in place only for a few weeks, they would not be considered/voted on by the writers, but BB has been in place long enough and has had a sufficient body of work for the writers to make a vote.

Hail BB!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 5, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

BernieWolfeFan,

I don't have a rule book or a criteria list for you. However, I know that coaches that took over for teams partway through the season in the past were eligible. For example, I ran across an article where a bunch of ESPN guys were listing their finalists for the various awards. Several of them chose Bill Barber for the Jack Adams that year after he took over for the fired Craig Ramsey in Dec of that year. So, BB is eligible and with what he's done for the team and turned it around from the bottom of the heap, I think he's fully deserving.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | April 5, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Balls to the WALL! Time to ROCK OUT WITH YOUR C$CK OUT! Let's go CAPS!

Posted by: Zman | April 5, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

This is so exciting! I'm already on pins and needles. How am I going to make it to game time?

now playing: "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones.

Posted by: grackle | April 5, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik...thanks for the awesome Caps blog...and Caps fans; thanks for the continued quality comments. I've been deployed (USAF) here in Afghanistan for the last 4 months and I miss my Capitals! Believe it or not, I get "nervous" checking the scores in the morning because each game has been so important lately. Take care and good luck tonight Capitals! Make me happy when I check the scoresheet tomorrow morning! What an amazing season. Take care. Frank

Posted by: Frank | April 5, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Still need a point tonight or the attached line from Raleigh newspaper works in reverse
The Canes have led the Southeast Division for all but 14 days this season. If Washington gets a point tonight, the 15th would be the first day of a long, long summer.

Posted by: Rich C | April 5, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

AMAZING. According to this Canadian article....

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080405.OVECHKIN05/TPStory/Sports

.... if you scroll to bottom, there's a chart that shows Alex Ovechkin's league-leading 65 goals ranks him 3rd all time (adjusting for the fact we are in a era with low goal totals). This is only behind Phil Esposito (1) and Brett Hull (2) and ahead of Wayne Gretzky (4) and Mario Lemieux (5)!!!

Posted by: longtimecapsfan | April 5, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Tarik...Great call in October when you said if Caps get in they will just make it.

Posted by: Rich C | April 5, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

As a Bruins season ticket holder. I'm more of an Olie/Caps fan and would love to see the Caps and B's...GO Caps

Posted by: Go Sox GO | April 5, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@CT, Puck,

Thanks for the vote of confidence. My concern was from a Miami sports writer way back in '96 who said Doug Maclean could not be considered even though he took the Panthers to the cup that year. Maclean took over for Roger Nielson right after the season started so he (again from a Miami sports writer no where near as good as Tarik) could not be considered.

Anyway, it is painfully obvious I'm doing way too much crunching about the Panthers and the game tonight so I'll leave it alone.

Lets Go Cap-I-Tals!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | April 5, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

@ longtimecapsfan

Great article. Just another reason why there should be no doubt who the MVP is this year, playoffs or not. Tonight could be the night we clinch many trophies. Open the trophy case Caps!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 5, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Before the Canes game on Tuesday, I put out a request that there should be no negative talk on this blog. Let's do it again.

No negativity. Today, this is a springboard to tonight and is the pep rally the team should have behind them.

Let's Go Caps! Bring home the division!!!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 5, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I gotta tell you that I wish I was playing tonight... The thought of coming this far and not making it is paralyzing to me. I don't know if I can handle a loss.

I know that many will say I have this thing totally out of perspective, but isn't that what being a diehard Caps fan is all about? You got to want it and I want it bad.

Kudos to all the fans that stuck by em! they have made one heckuva run. I still remember someone about eight games ago that talked about the Caps being elimanated, "Which should happen very soon". Sorry you didn't believe, the rest of us do!

Posted by: Muddapucker | April 5, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad I snagged my playoff tickets really early. :)

Posted by: keef | April 5, 2008 12:28 AM

How? I tried looking on the caps site and I couldn't figure out how to reserve tickets.

Posted by: GoUnited | April 5, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

By about any measure, this season has been an overwhelming success. Having come from 30th position in the depths of our collective depression, to being on the cusp of a playoff berth is a remarkable achievement. It takes a lot of character to get this far. It takes a lot of perseverance, hard work, and working for a common goal - to win the game coming up. The Caps have matured in front of our eyes, and yet have maintained that youthful exuberence and elan to make the effort a pleasure and a rewarding experience for themselves and us as passionate observers.

Posted by: Greg S. | April 5, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Greg S.

Nicely put. I could not have said it better myself.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 5, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Tonight is the equivalent of a game seven. Got to win tonight to continue on.

Go Caps!!!

We Believe!!!

Posted by: Joe B | April 5, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I think any result tonight is a win for the Caps (hear me through...). Obviously, I want a point and a division crown (and will be decked in red screaming my lungs out in Section 110), but even with a loss, as Greg says, this season is a success. Coming up one game short will light an even greater fire in these young guys to make it next year. Teams who get close, get hungry. Watch out if that happens.

But anyway, let's make it a moot point, and LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | April 5, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Other than center-ice, what are the other places on the net that i can watch this game???


LETS GO CAPS

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

CAPS ON TAP!!!!!!!!!!!

LETS GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

@Scott in Shaw

No one wants to talk to the hot girl all night at the bar and go home empty handed...Time to get a point brother!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Arther on the Rocks | April 5, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Steve:
If you are still around and have not done so already, please do send him an email. Thanks and "see" ya tonight.

Posted by: Boo! | April 5, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

AMENNNNNNNN

Alrighty, its up to the boys now. I am getting ready to get my butt down to the VC to watch our Caps put a rubber stamp on this season...


See ya'll there!!!!!!

Posted by: Puck #94 | April 5, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon
Amen.

I was so nervous this morning I decided to sleep three extra hours to make them go by quicker. Don't know what I am going to do for 6 more hours. Any suggestions?

Posted by: blark | April 5, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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