Caps Can Clinch

Southeast Division Banners hanging at Verizon Center

The Washington Capitals have won the Southeast Division the past three years. They can make it four in a row tonight. There are three ways this can happen:

  1. If they defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs
  2. If they get one point against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning lose to the Buffalo Sabres
  3. If the Tampa Bay Lightning lose in regulation to the Buffalo Sabres

To sum it up, the Caps will clinch if they win or Tampa loses. Meaning there is a pretty good chance that they will be crowned tonight. Though Toronto is still fighting for their playoff lives and will come out strong, the Capitals should be the firsts to shovel dirt into the Maple Leaf grave.

The Capitals earned the first of those three titles on the last day of the 2007-2008 season against Florida. After a horrendous start, Bruce Boudreau became the new head coach who led them from worst to first to clinch their first playoff berth since 2003.

The last two Came fairly easy as the Caps had significant leads in the Southeast. This year has been a battle with Tampa Bay for the top spot. The Lightning held it until the Caps got hot early in March. This year at the right time with the playoffs starting next week. They are now number one and look to make it official tonight with a win against Toronto.

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