Welcome to Caps 'Round the Clock, a blog covering the Washington Capitals and the NHL. In season, I update the Blog after every practice and on game day with Caps news and information, and then provide a recap and analysis after each contest. I also write a periodical Prospect Watch and weekly feature pieces on the state of the Men in Red and other things Capitals. And of course, I will post videos and tidbits from around the League and offer my two cents as the season wears on. In the offseason, I write a Report Card for each player, and will keep you updated on all the news about the Caps through the summer. I'm glad you're here, and hope you come back!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Around the NHL: Merci Beaucoup, Montreal!

As the NHL regular season begins to wind down, the time has come for nightly scoreboard watching from every Caps fan.  But if you don't want to, I will! Highlights that matter from the standpoint of our boys tonight:

The Montreal Canadiens helped your Washington Capitals out bigtime tonight, knocking off the Tampa Bay Lightning by a final score of 4-2 inside the St. Pete Times Forum.  Max Pacioretty scored twice, and Carey Price made 43 saves on 45 shots to help the Habs send the Lightning their third consecutive loss.  The Tampa Bay loss gives the Capitals a chance to take over first place for the Southeast Division tomorrow night for the first time in...well, let's not go there.  The two points the Canadiens earned drew them within one point of the Capitals for fifth in the Eastern Conference.  However, Washington does hold one game in hand on the Canadiens.
The Penguins beat the Bruins tonight in overtime, which eliminates any chance that the Capitals had to draw even with them for fourth place in the East tomorrow with a win of their own.  Pittsburgh is now four points clear of the Capitals for the final home-ice seed in the playoffs, although they, too, have played one more game than Washington.

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