The Washington Capitals came back from the dead and not only managed to capture a playoff berth, but after Saturday night's action which saw all 30 teams square off, the Washington Capitals will now travel to Boston to take on the defending Stanley Cup champions.
After the Ottawa Senators were thrashed by the New Jersey Devils and the Capitals easily handled the New York Rangers, Ottawa learned their fate would be against New York as the eighth seed in the East.
The Rangers, who were trying to supply Vezina trophy favorite Henrik Lundqvist with his 40th win of the season, were scored on early and often by the Capitals. Alexander Ovechkin scored seconds into the game on his patented wrister from the circle from a face-off win by Brooks Laich.
Ovechkin would lead his team to an easy 4-1 victory in which Braden Holtby, Washington's now de facto starting goaltender, played admirably.
Although the Capitals could not capture another Southeast Division pennant, they should be excited about getting a shot at last year's champs. Even though the Capitals will be entering the series as a heavy underdog, should they win the first round, it would be a bigger confidence booster than beating anyone else.
If the Caps want the Cup, they will need to win the best. Here are some things that could go down in the first round.