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Caps Today, 4/24/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals will practice today at 11 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Last night the Capitals clinched their sixth-straight playoff berth, marking the longest streak of playoff appearances in franchise history since their 14-straight postseason trips from the 1982-83 season through 1995-96. The streak of six straight playoff appearances is tied for the fourth-longest active playoff streak in the NHL. Washington has won five of the last six Southeast Division titles, joining Vancouver as the only two teams to have won five division titles in the last six seasons. In the Southeast Division’s 14-season existence, the Capitals captured the division crown seven times, the most of any other franchise.

Upcoming Media
Today, 4:30 p.m.: Alan May on The Sports Reporters, ESPN 980 AM


Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook: Caps 5, Jets 3 / So Long, Southeast
Monumental Network: Adam Oates Postgame 4/23/13 / Claude Noel Postgame 4/23/13 / Jets Postgame Locker Room 4/23/13 / Alex Ovechkin Postgame 4/23/13 / Jason Chimera Postgame 4/23/13 / Mathieu Perreault Postgame 4/23/13 / John Erskine Postgame 4/23/13 / Aaron Volpatti Postgame 4/23/13 / Matt Hendricks Postgame 4/23/13 / Eric Fehr 4/23/13 / Troy Brouwer 4/23/13 / Nicklas Backstrom 4/23/13 / Mike Green 4/23/13 / Alex Ovechkin 4/23/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 4/23/13 / Rinkside Update 4/23/13 / Two-Man Advantage 4/23/13 / Monumental Today 4/23/13

Capitals Voice: Caps are Southeast Division Champs! / Perreault Makes it 4-2 Washington, End of Two / Chimera Makes it 2-0 Washington End of 1 / Hendricks Gives Washington a 1-0 Lead Early / Chatting with Adam Oates, as Caps Chase Southeast Title Tonight

Washington Post: Washington Capitals clinch Southeast Division, No. 3 seed with 5-3 win over Jets / Wise: Capitals look all grown up as they clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs / Capitals Insider: John Erskine makes key saves in Caps’ win against Winnipeg / Capitals Insider: Capitals reward Adam Oates’s confidence, clinch Southeast Division / Capitals Insider: Capitals hope to take advantage of tired, ‘maybe a little sloppy’ Winnipeg / Capitals Watch: Capitals ready for emotionally charged, critical game against Jets

Washington Times: Whyno: Adam Oates didn’t doubt Capitals / Capitals beat Jets to win Southeast Division, clinch No. 3 seed / Martin Erat acquisition at deadline gave Capitals a lift / Capitals Watch: At the horn: Caps clinch Southeast Division by beating Jets / Capitals Watch: ‘Channel that energy’ is Caps goal vs. Winnipeg / Capitals Watch: Capitals prepare for tired Jets in potential Southeast clincher

Washington Examiner: Not an easy road, but the Capitals are division champions again / Loose Pucks: Caps playoff math

CSN Washington: Caps boosted into playoffs with gritty attack / Joe B: Caps rule Southeast again / No more doubting these Capitals / Let the ‘MVP’ chants begin for Ovechkin / Caps clinch Southeast Division with 5-3 win / Capitals prepping for perfect storm / NHL Playoff Scenarios: How will the chips fall?

NHL: Capitals clinch Southeast title by beating Jets

Associated Press: Capitals clinch Southeast with 5-3 win over Jets

CBC: Did You See That? John Erskine robs Jets - twice

Hockey News: Coaching, depth got Senators through injury problems (Alex Ovechkin mentioned) Capitals secure Southeast Division title What to Watch For: Capitals Can Clinch Southeast Division with Victory Over Jets

WNST: Frankovic: Ovechkin’s 2013 Caps Are a Special Team

Yahoo! Sports: Washington Capitals claim final Southeast Division championship / NHL Awards Watch: Alex Ovechkin has Hart
PennLive: Hershey Bears G Philipp Grubauer is a pro’s pro at 21
Ted’s Take: Echo360 and Revolution Growth Voted VC Deal of the Year / Caps Red Line on Monumental Network / “Watergate” / RIP Richie Havens / Seventh Woods / “Gashole” / Live and Learn – President Lincoln’s Cottage / Clarity
Japers’ Rink: Capitals vs. Jets: The Night Hendricks, Chimera and Perreault Brough the Division Home / How the Separation of Alzner and Carlson Strengthened the D Corps

Injury Update
D Tom Poti – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day
F Joel Ward – day-to-day