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The Capitals placed three players in the top 15 in scoring in the NHL. No other team did that - with Mike Ribeiro finishing ninth in scoring.

The team won 27 games - right now, one less win than the Bruins as an aside. Eric Fehr scored the OT-winner last night. His second OT-winner against the Bruins this season. We overcame a 3-0 deficit against the Bruins and a 2-0 deficit against the Bruins to win both of those games. Eric Fehr, who wasn't a popular resigning with many bloggers this past of season scored nine  goals and had 17 points this season, as well.

The Capitals have plenty of high-end talent, and we also played quite well as a team during the season, overcoming a very slow start. We won the division for the fifth time in six years. We were 15-8-1 at home, and we have now had 177 straight sell-outs.

We also have the most talented and most fanatical fans in the NHL. Thank you. Go Caps!

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals.  Read more at Ted's Take.

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shanetx's avatar

We all understand that lower quality hockey is higher scoring hockey, right? 

You don’t get to brag about being the 86 celtics if you play half your games against the Washington generals, right?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/28/13 at 08:32 PM ET

pensfan29's avatar

Pens had 4 in the top 15 before half got hurt

Posted by pensfan29 on 04/28/13 at 11:24 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

I get real tired of hearing Leonsis whine and defend his team all the time. But he’s not wrong here. The Caps turned it on and should be a feared team at this stage. The first round will be tough, as the Rangers certainly have talent that indicates they should be better than they’ve played this year.

I think Ovechkin’s struggles the last 1.5 - 2 years are really a parallel of the team at-large. They changed coaches a couiple times, and each coach had a different system. If you include when Boudreau essentially changed his system mid-season to try and make the team more effective defensively and less run-and-gun, it’s basically like the Caps have played under four different coaches since 2011.

In a short season with no full training camp, Ovi and company got thrown into a season with a new coach (not just new to them—a new head coach, period). And everyone panics and says that Ovechkin is done. Lo and behold, after a little more than half of a shortened season, the Ovechkin and the Caps start to gel as a team, score lots of goals, and play consistent hockey under the instruction of their new coach. Ovechkin looks like a 60 goal man again.

The talent never went away, they just had a very destabilizing few years. I wish the Caps front office had panicked like the media, and traded someone like Ovechkin or Backstrom to the Red Wings. wink

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/29/13 at 09:19 AM ET

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