Caps in a league of their own

The Washington Capitals are a force
to be reckoned with. Their dominating victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Friday
night at the Verizon Center marked their 13th straight win and 40th win this

The Caps have completely controlled
their opponents throughout the streak. Other than their first win back on Jan.
13, the Caps have defeated each team in regulation, never even needing an
overtime period to seal the deal.

Washington is not just simply defeating
inferior opponents throughout the streak either. During the 13 game span the
Caps have routed Detroit, Pittsburgh, Boston and New York, all very good hockey

As of
tonight the Caps have a three point lead over the San Jose Sharks for the top
spot in the NHL and a 12 point advantage of the New Jersey Devils for first
place in the Eastern Conference. They have an amazing 27 point lead over Tamps Bay
in the Southeast division, and are clearly headed for the playoffs.

The Caps
are able to maintain this winning barrage not only thanks to high scoring
outings, but also thanks to superior goal tending, even without Semyon
. Jose Theodore has won eight straight games, and Michal Neuvirth has
filled in when asked with some spectacular stops. The Caps have occasionally been
outshot in their wins. In Friday’s win over the Thrashers the Caps allowed 22
shots in the second period, the most amount of shots allowed in a single period
all season, and still managed to outscore Atlanta 1-0 in the second.

Even when
Washington gives up five goals, like they did Thursday night in New York, they
simply just score six goals and still find a way to win.

star Alex Ovechkin is currently on a four game scoring streak, and got two
goals in New York. The two goals gave Ovechkin his 500th career
point; he is the fifth player to reach this mark in five seasons, doing it in
only 373 games.

The Caps
face another exciting matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, a game
which NBC has picked up for National T.V., they will go for their 14th straight victory, which should be interesting because it is Pittsburgh who
holds the record for the longest winning streak at 17 games back in 1992. After
Pittsburgh the Caps have three road games against the Canadiens, Senators and
Blues before taking a two week break for the Olympics.

If the Caps were to win
out they would have 17 straight victories, tying the record, and certainly
would not want to take a two week rest and lose their momentum. Because right
now the momentum seems to be all in favor of the Caps who have definitely
proved they are the team that no one wants to play.


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