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Well done,Capitals win Presidents’ Trophy again Jersey

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WASHINGTON — Winning the Presidents’ Trophy is becoming old hat for the Washington Capitals, though this time it could be more important than ever.
The Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on http://www.officialbluejaysproshop.com/Ja_Happ_Jersey Wednesday night to wrap up their second consecutive regular-season points title, the top seed in the Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division title. With all those banner additions, the best home team in the NHL will have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
For a second consecutive season, the NHL's regular season champion resides in Washington, D.C., as the Capitals clinched another Presidents' Trophy with Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Rangers. It's the franchise's third in the past eight seasons and, most importantly, ensures home-ice advantage through the Stanley Cup playoffs.
That's especially significant this season with an imbalance of power within the Eastern Conference.
Even though Washington beat an opponent with nothing to play for and six regulars out of the lineup, Alex Ovechkin is rolling and believes he and his teammates are trending positively as they finished atop the league standings for the third time in eight seasons.
“It means we’re best team in the season, but the most important season is coming soon,” said Ovechkin, whose shot was tipped by Justin Williams for the game-winner on the power play. “I think everybody focusing, everybody playing the right direction.”
Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored and Braden Holtby had Justin Pugh Authentic Jersey a 24-save shutout of the Rangers, who are locked into the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and will face the Atlantic Division-champion Montreal Canadiens. New York looked to be going through the motions, but Washington coach Barry Trotz said there was “unfinished business,” and his players took care of it in a game that had all the intensity of the preseason.
The Capitals didn’t acknowledge their accomplishment, but they understood what was at stake.
“Some guys gonna say they didn’t care, they liar,” said Kuznetsov, who scored for the fourth time in 19 games. “It’s always nice to win something.”
The Rangers would’ve liked to win, but they put more of a priority on giving banged up forwards Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash and Jesper Fast and defensemen Ryan McDonagh, Brady Skjei and Nick Holden a night off.
“It was a little different feel obviously in the locker room,” said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who was sharp in making 23 saves in his fifth consecutive start. “You’re going to notice that. There’s no question. If you can’t tell a difference when that many good players are gone, something’s up.”
For Washington, Ovechkin getting back on track and Kuznetsov scoring for the fourth time in 19 games made for good signs with a potentially difficult first-round matchup looming against the likes of Boston, Ottawa or Toronto.
“It just gives us that opportunity to have the last change in a Game 7 or crowd behind us or whatever,” Trotz said. “It’s a point of pride that we’ve been consistent.”
Eight of the 30 Presidents’ Trophy winners won the Stanley Cup, three lost in the final, six lost in the conference finals, seven lost in the second round and six lost in the first round. In the salary-cap era that began in 2005-06, two of the 11 winners won the Cup, one lost in the final, two lost in the conference finals, two lost in the second round and four lost in the first round.
The Capitals http://www.officialcapitalsauthentic.com/Brett_Connolly_Jersey were eliminated by the eventual Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round last year and got knocked out in the first round by the Canadiens in 2010. Only Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom and defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson remain from the team that lost Game 7 to Montreal that year.
Instead of facing a foe from the Metropolitan Division, which houses three of the NHL's top four teams, the top-seeded Capitals draw the conference's second wild-card team, likely the Senators, Bruins or Maple Leafs from the inferior Atlantic. Otherwise, as the Caps know too well, the distinction means very little when the playoffs begin.
"It just gives us that opportunity to have the last change in a Game 7 or crowd behind us or whatever," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "It's a point of pride that we've been consistent."
Trotz said there was no mention of the accolade after the game.
"All I said was, ‘Good work by us.’ Then we talked about winning," he said. "We said we wanted to win the Metro, and we did."
Washington's list of Stanley Cup shortcomings runs long and is a common narrative when the calendar turns to April.
The Capitals were eliminated in the second round last year by the rival Penguins, who went on to win the Cup. They infamously haven't advanced to a conference final since the 1997-98 season, despite boasting one of the most potent lineups in the NHL routinely through the last decade.
It's not just the Caps http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com/brad-wing-jersey-for-sale-c-30.html. Only eight of the 30 Presidents' Trophy winners — 28 percent — have gone on to win a Stanley Cup.
Five teams failed to win a postseason series. The Capitals had a whopping 121 points in 2009-10 when the Canadiens knocked them out of the first round.
"We don't want to be known as regular season champions," said defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who was acquired in a trade deadline blockbuster in the Capitals' attempt to mount a deep playoff run once and for all. No one remembers the team that won a Presidents' Trophy.
Trotz said the Capitals never talked about winning the Presidents’ Trophy but rather winning the hypercompetitive Metropolitan Division and giving themselves the all-important home ice in the playoffs.
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