Capitals are serious about making a playoff run after Sunday's win

Capitals showed that they belong even if they don't statistically

T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals / Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals are now in the drivers seat. They control their own destiny with the second wild card spot they're currently at right now. They very much can still get third in the Metropolitan Division as well. A loss by the Flyers over the weekend coupled wih one on Tuesday combined with a Caps win on home ice and oh man.

The Caps fans roared before the game as T.J. Oshie got recognized for 1,000 games played. And they weren't just roaring for Oshie either. Braden Holtby was featured on the video board and Nicklas Backstrom was INSIDE the arena to congratulate Osh.

The power play that had been quiet to begin the year continued to show that they've woken up. Late in the second the Caps would get a power play chance that would carry over into the thrid and everyone who's ever played a game for the opposing team in Capital One Arena knows that once a scoreless tie is broken in the third by the team wearing red, good luck trying to quiet the building.

John Carlson would break that tie and by then it was too late for the Jets.

The power play now has goals in four straight games with seven goals in that stretch and have converted in 13 of their last 15 contests. Alex Ovechkin would take care of the rest. His first goal was his 25th of the season, marking his 18th such campaign and the second most 25 goal seasons in NHL history.

Ovechkin would add another one later for good measure. Oshie spoke after the game about the imporance of the win which in the end was more important than that pregame ceremony:

""We found a way to get the job done and get a massive two points. That was my message to them before the game is how much I absolutely appreciate all of this stuff but we need to get a win, that is focus number one. So we got it done.""

T.J. Oshie via THN

The Caps take on the Red Wings on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena looking for their third win in a row to keep themselves afloat in a crazy eastern confererence.