No, I’m not referring to the election nor the inauguration. This is news that people in the D.C. area will actually be happy about. As you may know, the Washington Capitals had a chance to lock everything up tonight. Home ice throughout the playoffs, the Presidents’ Trophy, the Eastern Conference, and the Metropolitan Division all belong to the Caps.
Tonight’s game obviously had a lot on the line. New York seemed to be resting a lot of key players, since they essentially have nothing to play for, as they’ve already clinched their berth. However, the game was still as exciting as any Caps/Rangers tilt. Fast hockey and low-scoring. In the 2nd period, Washington opened the scoring on a power play. Ovechkin’s goal (later given to Williams) was the first tally of the game.
Evgeny Kuznetsov provided the Caps’ second goal of the evening, coming on a mini-breakaway, after having to finesse out of a near tackle at center ice.
As usual, Braden Holtby was outstanding in the cage tonight. He stopped every shot he faced, giving him his league-leading 9th shutout for the season. Holtby is arguably the best goaltender in the NHL, and even when some may doubt him, he still comes in clutch.
Washington has won the Presidents’ Trophy two years in a row, and third time in franchise history. Can the Capitals finally break out of their playoff woes and win the Stanley Cup? Chicago is the most recent Presidents’ Trophy winner to also lift Lord Stanley, dating back to 2013. Two more games remain, and it is officially playoff season.