Mar 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) shoots the puck with Buffalo Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr (24) defending during the first period at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Capitals Pull Out Unlikely Win

It’s fitting that the Capitals should pull of a miracle on the day before Easter. Perhaps they have finally got their head around how important these games are, and are now resolved in the third period to step on the gas rather than let off it. It was a resurrection of our playoff hopes!

It wasn’t quite “Game Over Green” but that was due to the circumstances of the scoreboard rather than anything Green himself could control. It was vintage Mike Green, Norris-nominee Mike Green, Young Guns-stylee Mike Green. And it was desperately needed, both for our playoffs hopes and our morale.

Speaking of the (former) Young Guns, Alex Ovechkin has been on a tear lately. He’s on a 7 game point streak with 11 points in those 7 games. And Nick Backstrom has scored 8 points in those 7 games. And to round out the Young Guns, Alex– never mind. Painful as it may be, we must wish him nothing but ill until the Capitals have clinched a playoff spot or fallen definitively out of the running (I assume that will be April 27th).

I’m no fan of the shootout (entertaining as it may be), but the skills comp charity point might be our saving grace this season. The Caps seem to do quite well at it. It provides Alex Ovechkin with his most obvious opportunity to Be A Captain (a mantle that I for one am still not sure he deserves), and he has been admirably clutch both chances he has had with the game on his stick.

33 points is still within spitting distance of the playoffs, though it would be advisable not to give up any more free overtime points to teams so close in the standings. Philadelphia’s chances are slightly bleaker than Washington’s, but in tonight’s 6pm holiday tilt, I have to hope the Caps can ride on the high of last night’s win and pull it out in regulation.

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