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Capitals secure Southeast Division title

Apr 23, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals won the Southeast Division title on Tuesday in a very fitting way: by greatly inhibiting the hopes of the only other team in their division that has a chance to make the playoffs.

That came with a 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets, a scrappy squad that was hoping to win the Southeast with a late rush.

Much like the Vancouver Canucks with the Northwest Division, some Capitals fans might feel a little wistful tonight. This is the last year that they’ll be able to take advantage of the “Southleast/Southeasy” after winning the crown in five of their last six seasons.

It was a group effort for Washington, as usual suspects Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (one-goal, one-assist performances apiece) combined with lesser-known threats Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perreault (also two-point nights for both).

We’ll see how the rest of tonight’s games affect the Jets’ outlook.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Ain’t Done Yet!

  2. panicatthedistrict - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    No way the Caps would
    lose this game. Not after all they’ve been through this season.

    LET’S GO CAPS!

  3. blackfoot11 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Glad to see my Caps punch the ticket to the playoffs. The Jets played a good game and Pavelec was great, but the Caps had more counter-punches. Looking forward to the playoffs next week.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Totally agree the Jets played a great game, i know to never ever count this team out. I think they are going to play very well, in the west where they belong.

      Can’t wait for next years division, no b*tching about how, “The caps play in a bad division”…insert mouth fart here:

  4. 1950shoebox - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Wow – what a complete douchebag commentary by this “journalist” to say the Caps (or their fans) will lament playing in the SouthEast division. Speaking from an actual fan’s perspective, I can say I’m wholeheartedly looking forward to returning to a next-generation Patrick Division. Caps didn’t choose to be relegated to the SouthEast all those years ago, but the team did take care of business for the majority of those seasons and two Stanley Cup champions did arise from this division. Sorry this writer was forced to report on news that those of us in DC actually do celebrate. If it was an attempt at humor, well – that failed worse than just trying to report the facts.

    • 19to77 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      It’s a joke, not a dick – don’t take it so hard.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Well said, Sir!

      • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        That was @1950shoebox, not the other dude.

    • dcdangles - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      I agree. If you look at our record over the past 5 years vs. next year’s divisional teams – I think we’ll be just fine. And I love that we get Pittsburgh and New York that much more often.

  5. ludacrish05 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Time to start the playoff beard!

  6. cspsrbums - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    The writer of this artical is a clown I agree with you

    • billlaforge22 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      At least he can spell and knows punctuation.

  7. csilojohnson - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Caps are on fire. Sucks for the 6th seed. Although the Islanders are as well. Assuming the order stays the same. That would make a great first round match up.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      The Isles are nipping the heels of the ‘Leafs for the 5th seed, although the ‘Leafs have a game in hand (3 to 2 games). The next five days should be interesting for teams that have the opportunity to improve their seeding, if others falter.

  8. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    C-A-P-S! CAPS CAPS CAPS!

    i knew they we’re off to a good start to have Henny and Chimmy getting the first two goals!.

    Bring the hate and whine….. love it :)

  9. ravensnosncaps - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Caps got hot at the right time. Keep it going

  10. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    “Much like the Vancouver Canucks with the Northwest Division, some Capitals fans might feel a little wistful tonight”

    Really O’Brien?

    I know i’m wrong in the first place for coming to this website, of copy and paste, to read a Caps article. But please, stick to your Pens articles, your much better at kissing their A$$! Then writing a smart a$$ one about the Caps and their fans.

    These fan’s (the core, not the naysayer ) that have stuck with this team, regardless of winning a Cup or not.. That is a true fan base!

  11. desertfan - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I would never allow Noel to coach a Midget team- he must have photos!!!

  12. hy3rid28 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    he’s right the caps better enjoy it this year because they won’t see a division title for the next 10 years… with the penguis, flyers, and rangers they got no chance

    • ziplock10 - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Its funny, but for the last 7 years, they really haven’t had too much of a problem beating any of the above teams. In the 2011 and 2009 playoffs, the Caps defeated the Rangers both times. And lost to the Pengs and Flyers in 09 and 08 in 7 game series. Not exactly what I’d cal no chance.

      Since they started 2-8-1, they are 24-10-1.

      It’s not how you start, we’ll see how they finish….

      • dcdangles - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        That’s correct….we’ve handled next year’s divisional opponents just fine over the last 5 or so years. Clown comment…..

      • 2jivecrew - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Unfortunately for you guys, this isn’t 2008 or 2009. Get ready for yearly battles for the middle/bottom of the division. LOL. One hot month and you guys think you’re the cream or something……..like you ever were in the first place. Saying goodbye to the Southleast will be the worst thing to happen to these Caps.

      • dcdangles - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        The “SouthLeast” has had three Eastern Conference champions and two Stanley Cup champions in the last 10 years. Can the Northeast or Northwest say that?

        Zippy chance….

  13. jkulha86 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Have to love Ovie cherry picking big time at the end just so HE could get the goal.

    • kyzslew77 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      You’re totally right, he’s so selfish! When Canadian players score empty net goals, it’s all about the team.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      “Cherry picking”? Backstrom intercepted the pass along the boards and feed Ovi at mid-ice. Its called teamwork. What game were you watching?

  14. dawglb - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    The 3 worst teams in the Eastern Conference (Division Teams)..talk about an easy path to the playoffs for Washington.

  15. capsfan19 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    What about how the islanders were a joke that everyone would beat up on? Toronto too… There were “easy” competition in other divisions get over yourselves.
    Its cool to see a change of dynamic with the flyers not in and isles and leafs getting their time to shine.
    With the caps prospects this team is only going to get stronger. And if things go well with oates we hve a bright future. Shazam

  16. capsfan19 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    I mean why wouldnt ovi try to get up on the play with the empty net? Oh sooo selfish for trying to solidify the lead, ovi next time you should just be a team player. Pleaaaase. Morons… From now on if your opponent has the empty net do not try to get up on the play, we dont want to be SELFISH

  17. blastardo - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    I’m sure Backstrom was more than happy to return the favour for his goal from Ovechkin’s pass and assist one back to him even if it was an empty netter. I don’t see it as selfish at all. It just shows the great chemistry that pair have in the top line.

    Besides everyone on the team would want Ovi to win at least the Rocket Richard trophy this year.

    • 2jivecrew - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      The Richard is the only one he even has a chance at. Everybody outside of Washington got a great chuckle last night at all those Caps fans last night chanting “MVP”…..one month after they were all ready to run him out of town.

  18. gocaps25 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I almost never comment on this site, but this article sparked something in me…. First to all you naysayers who say the Southeast division is such a joke and the caps have simply been beating up on those teams recently, maybe my math is wrong but the Rangers and Islanders both LOST last night to southeast teams. Given both those teams are trying to also make the playoffs it seems funny they couldn’t beat some teams from such a terrible division.

    However more importantly, we seem to keep losing sight of the fact that if this was a normal season everyone would simply be praising the caps for how well they are playing right now given it would be around the middle of the season. Instead everyone got so panicky (self included) about them playing awful hockey in the beginning, and then so excited during this run while constantly debating how good the team really was. If this was a normal season, they’d have another 35-40 games to potentially continue this streak (or completely fall apart depending on your point of view), but could wind up with similar records to the other top teams in the east if they had those extra games given how well they are playing.

    Just a thought.

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