Washington Capitals

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Simply put, this was the best season in the history of the Washington Capitals organization. They won the Presidents' Trophy by 11 points with consistency from start to finish. Now they'll look to bury the "playoff choker" narrative.
The Caps can cruise to the finish and in some games they've looked a bit too relaxed, but there's not much left to play for in the regular season aside from Braden Holtby's chance to make history. He is one win shy of tying Martin Brodeur's single-season record.
Washington clinched the Presidents' Trophy Monday night by rolling past the Columbus Blue Jackets and improving to 54-16-5. They're 14 points clear of the field and can rest up ahead of their playoff run.
The Capitals aren't exactly on cruise control right now, but they may have eased off the gas pedal. They've lost three of five, including losses to the Sharks and Penguins where they gave up five and six goals. There's not much need to panic, though.
The Caps stumbled a bit during their California road trip, losing consecutive games for only the third time this season, but they're still 12 points ahead of the field for the best record in the NHL.
The Caps became the first team to reach 100 points this season. Only six teams in the league's history have gotten there faster. They also just stopped the seemingly unstoppable Ducks on Monday.
Washington didn't have to do much at the deadline, so they didn't do much. They did, however, get out from under Brooks Laich's cap hit, which will come in handy this year and next. Meanwhile, they're still leading the league by 11 points.
The Caps are the team everyone is chasing right now and it seems unlikely anyone will catch up. The President's Trophy and home ice throughout the playoffs seems nearly a sure thing.
The Capitals reached 40 wins faster than any team in NHL history. Even if aided by three shootout wins (which didn't exist prior to 2005-06), it is a stunning accomplishment in today's NHL.
The Capitals are the first team since the 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers to win 38 of their first 51 games. They remain well ahead of the pack in just about every facet of the game. Alex Ovechkin has 30 goals for the 11th consecutive season.
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The Caps have just one game under their belts, but the scoring attack was already on point. Alex Ovechkin only needed a few periods before adding another spectacular goal highlight to his mile-long reel.
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