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by Paul on 04/05/12 at 10:39 AM ET
from Katie Carerra of Capitals Insider,
To a man, the Capitals made it clear that heading into Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers, their focus is on winning to stay on target of reaching the playoffs. That there remains a slim chance of capturing the Southeast Division title is nice, they said, but the players didn’t want to look beyond the most pressing task at hand.
“I don’t think you look that far ahead, I think you just look at the immediate thing,” winger Mike Knuble said. “If we had won in Tampa, this might have shaped up to be an even crazier or bigger game, but I think we just worry about the immediate concern of winning the game. You have to take care of that before anything else can happen. If you don’t win the game a lot of other things can’t or won’t happen, so that’s the big building block.”
Florida (92 points) needs only one more point to clinch the division or for the Capitals (88 points) to fail to claim all four available to them. Washington could overtake the top spot in the Southeast if it were to win out and the Panthers fail to gain a single point, making the head-to-head meeting all the more intriguing.
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