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Caps Today, 3/20/17

March 20, 2017
The Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Saturday to become the first team in the NHL this season to reach 100 points (46-17-8) and clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This season will mark Washington’s 27th postseason appearance and the ninth in the last 10 seasons. In addition, this marks the 10th time in franchise history and the third consecutive season the Capitals have reached the 100-point mark (2014-17). During that span, Washington leads the NHL in points (321), wins (147), goals-against per game (2.31) and power-play percentage (22.9), ranks second in goals per game (3.03) and tied for fourth in penalty kill percentage (83.3) and shots against per game (28.4). The Capitals reached the 100-point plateau in 71 games this season, marking the third-fastest they have recorded 100 points in a season in franchise history (2015-16: 65 GP; 2009-10: 69 GP).

Media Notes
Karl Alzner will join The Sports Junkies on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m. on 106.7 The Fan.

Barry Trotz will join The Sports Junkies on Wednesday at 8 a.m. on 106.7 The Fan

John Carlson will join Chad Dukes vs. The World on Wednesday at 5 p.m. on 106.7 The Fan.

Jay Beagle will join Cooley and Kevin on Thursday at 8:45 a.m. on ESPN980.

Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump n’ Chase: POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 5, Bolts 3 / Oshie and Backstrom Help Caps to 5-3 Win Over Bolts
Monumental Sports Network: Barry Trotz Postgame 3/18/17 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 3/18/17
CSN Mid-Atlantic: Penguins, Blue Jackets Both Win Sunday, Keep Up Pressure On Caps / Prediction Recap: Caps Take Down Lighting in ‘Must Win’ Game  / With 7 Shots and an assist, Andre Burakovsky Picks Up Where He Left Off For Caps  / Caps Clinch Playoff Berth for Third Straight Season / Oshie Strikes Lightning Three Times to Lead Caps Over Tampa / 3 Bold Predictions: Can Caps Avoid the Storm in Tampa? / Opinion: Why Nate Schmidt is Still No. 7 Among the Caps’ Defenseman / 3.18.17 Rewind: Caps Clinch Playoff Berth With Win Over Lightning / Trotz Provides Details on Johansson’s Departure Saturday / Burakovsky’s Hands Are Rusty but His Legs Were Great / Caps Respond Well to a ‘Playoff Atmosphere’ in Tampa / TJ Oshie is an ‘Everyday’ Player  / Caps Show Strong Defense in Win Over Tampa Bay
Washington Post: Barry Trotz called the game a must-win for the Caps — so they won / Capitals Insider: Capitals’ Andre Burakovsky impresses in first game back from hand injury / Capitals Insider: Capitals’ Barry Trotz says Saturday’s game is ‘absolute must-win’ Capitals ride balanced scoring to playoff berth / Capitals surge past Lightning to clinch playoff berth
Associated Press: Capitals clinch playoff spot by beating Lightning
CBS Sports: Capitals become first to clinch playoff berth: Three things to know
NBC Sports: TJ Oshie’s Career Year Continues for Capitals / Capitals Clinch Playoff Spot, Deliver Hit to Bolts Post-Season Hopes
Star-Tribune: Wild coach calls Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom best dynamic duo in NHL
WNST: Caps Top Line Dominates in 5-3 Win Over Tampa
Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy: NHL Three Stars: Oshie's hat trick, Capitals clinch first playoff spot
WJLA-TV ABC 7: On the Braden Holtby Bobblehead Giveaway (5 a.m.) / On the Braden Holtby Bobblehead Giveaway (6 a.m.)
Caps Radio: Caps Talk for Saturday, March 18th
Japers’ Rink: Monday Caps Clips / Sunday Caps Clips /   Capitals vs. Lightning Recap: Lightning Strikes Thrice for Oshie in 5-3 Caps Win