The Washington Capitals are really great at things that don’t matter.
Since the beginning of the 2009-10 season the Capitals have a sparkling regular season record of 190-101. However, the Capitals simply wasted all of those wins by coming up short in the playoffs year after year. Naturally, the Caps’ identity has become one of a team that routinely chokes in the playoffs, but can set the regular season ablaze.
With 32 games in the bag for 2013-14, Washington is par for the course yet again. The Capitals are currently second place in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan division with a solid 19-13 record. On top of that, the Capitals have enjoyed a scorching start from regular season stalwart Alex Ovechkin. No. 8 has been an NHL staple since stepping foot on the ice in 2005 and now “Ovie” has yet another notch on his belt.
Ovechkin slammed home his 400th career goal on Friday and became the sixth-youngest player in NHL history to do so. The 28-year-old is a living highlight reel, but when it comes to the postseason he just isn’t the same dominant player he is in the Winter months. So while Ovechkin might be a lock for his second straight Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP) let’s hold off on singing Ovechkin’s praises as he’s yet to prove himself when it matters most.