Continued from page 1

With 20 games to go, the Caps are 25 points away from the magic 94-point mark that will likely (but not definitely) mean a playoff spot. An extra point may not seem like much but it could be the difference when the regular season ends April 13.

The team got two points most probably didn’t guess it would get with a very nice win in Boston on Saturday. To come home and beat the Flyers, to win the first three games after the break, would have been a massive confidence boost.

Instead, the Caps are left to explain away another blown two-goal lead, are left to see the Flyers leave town with two points when they were less than 10 minutes away from getting none.

They have a couple of days to lick their wounds, then the games come fast and furious again. Check out this upcoming stretch: at Philadelphia on Wednesday, at Boston on Thursday. At home against Phoenix on Saturday, at home against Pittsburgh on Monday and then at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. They need to win three of those games.

So, yeah, Sunday was big. In the wrong kind of way. When you have no margin for error, you can’t err.