What a Run: Recapping the Washington Capitals’ Incredible Second-Half Surge

March 22nd, 2010 by Jonathan Weiss Leave a reply »

Lost in all the controversy around Alex Ovechkin’s recent suspension and the hoopla surrounding the Capitals 14—game winning streak before the Olympic break, is just how dominant the Caps have been during the second half of this season.
Yes, the Caps now sit atop the NHL league—wide standings and are the clear favorites to win the President’s Cup, but exactly how have they gotten there?   The Capitals 2—1 loss to the LA Kings on January 2nd, 2010 in their 41st game marked the end of the first half of this season. 
At that point, their record was a not too shabby 24—11—6, totaling 54 points. This put the Capitals on pace to exactly match their 108 points of last season, a point total that for eight of the past ten seasons (including 2008—09) has been good enough to earn a first or second   place finish in the Eastern Conference.
Nevertheless, in overall league standings at the season’s midpoint, Washington was just one of a crush of seven teams occupying the fourth through tenth positions with 53 or 54 points, well behind the league leading duo of San Jose and Chicago tied at 61.   ...

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