Big weekend for the Capitals! First, the team notched its 51st win of the season against Columbus on Saturday. The league also announced a two game suspension on Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong for his elbow-to-the-head hit on Mathieu Perrault. However, the biggest news came last night, on an evening the Caps weren’t even playing.
The Colorado Avalanche, fighting for their own playoff berth, defeated the San Jose Sharks in overtime last night – giving the Washington Capitals their first-ever President’s Trophy. The team has 114 points with four games remaining in the season. The award gives the Caps home-ice all through the Stanley Cup playoffs, a distinct advantage for a team with a 28-5-5 record this season at home.
Congratulations to owner Ted Leonsis, GM George McPhee, and the rest of the Caps organization for the achievement! Now let’s just hope the alleged “President’s Trophy Curse” doesn’t come calling – only 7 previous winners of the Trophy have gone on to win the Stanley Cup since the award’s inception in the 1985-86 season.
Caps are home tonight against Boston; game starts at 7 p.m.