The Washington Post article 2:08:23The Washington Capitals’ players were already on their way to the game when the lights dimmed.
The team’s practice facility was a smoky mess and they had already been through several days of work.
But that didn’t stop them from celebrating the game.
They got the kids out of the room, the ball was in play and the fans were chanting their hearts out.
The Capitals have won the Presidents Cup four times in the past five years, but the team hasn’t won a game at Nationals Park since the 2017 playoffs.
They are the oldest team in the National League and the team is a few years removed from a heartbreaking loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
They have a history of losing in the postseason.
They also have a long history of playing in the playoffs.
The Caps won their first Cup in 2004.
The franchise was built on the back of a successful dynasty that started in 1976.
The current Caps are still in the same position as they were in 2009.
But they are far from done, as they are only one game behind the Philadelphia Flyers in the Atlantic Division.
This is the first time the Capitals will play in the Metro Atlantic Conference playoffs since 2008.
The last time they reached the playoffs was in 2005.
The season is a tough one to predict because there are only 11 teams in the league and each has a unique roster.
The schedule is stacked, but there are also teams that have made their mark.
The Penguins are coming off a third straight playoff appearance and are riding a three-game winning streak.
The Hurricanes are one of the few teams that can get by the Capitals and the Devils are tied with the Penguins for first place in the East with a 2-1-1 record.
The Islanders are one team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2010 and are on a four-game losing streak.
They have yet to win a game against the Capitals.
The Lightning have won two straight and have won five of their last six, but they are one game out of a playoff spot.
The team that is still in second place in their division, the New York Islanders, are one win away from clinching the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
And there is the Wild Card race that has been a battle of the wild cards all season.
The Blackhawks have been on the verge of clinching a playoff berth since the season started and have just one game remaining in the regular season.
The Hurricanes and Rangers are tied for second in the Western Conference with four games to play.
The Sharks are one point out of first place with two games to go.
The Bruins are two points ahead of third place with three games to do.
The Flyers have a chance to win the Stanley to the Penguins and Rangers, but a wild card berth is out of reach for both.
The Rangers could still be swept out of playoff contention and the Penguins could be knocked out of contention.
The Wild Card races are as interesting as the rest of the playoff races.
The Islanders and Sharks are playing in their first-round series and the Kings, Penguins and Flyers are playing their first round series.
The Rangers and Kings are tied in the wild card race, and the Flyers and Kings could both be eliminated.
The Senators and Jets are tied and have two games each.
The Lightning, Sharks and Lightning could both go to the Eastern conference finals and the Capitals could still play in one of those.
The Stars and Flyers have one game each.
The Blues and Kings have one each.
And finally, there are the Wild Cards.
The Coyotes are one and have one of three wild cards.
The Ducks, Rangers, Stars and Islanders have one and are tied.
The Jets, Blues and Ducks could each go to a wild-card round.
The Oilers, Sharks, Islanders and Stars could both make it to the second round and the Rangers could play in either of those rounds.
The Panthers and Coyotes are tied, the Penguins, Lightning and Jets could play each other and the Lightning could also go to round two of the playoffs or the second-round of the conference finals.
The Blackhawks, Devils, Islanders, Islanders are tied to the Wild and Rangers and the Sharks, Jets, Panthers and Stars are tied together.
The Maple Leafs and Ducks are tied at one and tied to a third-round wild-bow tiebreaker.
The Devils, Capitals and Flyers would need to win at least two of their remaining three games against each other to win.
The Hawks and Devils would need one of their three remaining games against the Islanders, Capitals, Rangers and Stars to win to advance.
The Canucks and Capitals are tied on the road, but are one play away from a wildcard round and are one step closer to a playoff wild-out.
The Kings and Devils are two games out of second place and have the final two games of their season.
And it’s a wild playoff race for all three of the Wild card teams.
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