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The Stanley Cup Playoffs
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Four years ago, Jaroslav Halak shut down Alex Ovechkin's top-seeded Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now the Capitals hope the goalie will help them reach the postseason.
You simply cannot let a game like Sunday's get away when you are fighting for a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs, particularly when it is against one of the teams so close to you in the standings. You just can't. No way, no how, under any circumstances.
Washington gets a boost with the return of defenseman Mike Green (concussion), who missed the last six games before the break, and center Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle), who missed the last eight games. That's two players who see lots of ice time and play a variety of roles.
Coach Dan Bylsma knows that the disappointing finish of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team in Sochi will linger.
When Sidney Crosby went through the entire preliminary round of the Olympic men's hockey tournament without scoring a goal, it set off waves of concern back home.
The Capitals have spent as much time in Columbus as they have in Washington the past two weeks. Catch tonight's action at 7 p.m. on CSN.
The Capitals have blown third-period leads five times this season. But they've also rallied from third-period deficits nine times.
The Capitals reach the halfway mark of their season with a very familiar mission - playing better defensively.
Almost a quarter of the way through the 2013-14 season, things haven't worked out as expected. Most of the teams in the new eight-team Metropolitan Division have spent the first seven weeks of the season floundering.