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The Capitals won the President’s Trophy as the top team in the league. The earned 121 points, making them the first non-original six team to break the 120 mark. Their point total outpaced the second seeded New Jersey Devils who had 103 points.
They were an explosive offensive team, scoring 313 goals during the season. That was the highest total in 15 seasons. An impressive seven players scored at least 20 goals, led by Ovechkin’s 50 goals.
They entered the playoffs against the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens and their 88 points. The 33 point difference is one of the largest in playoff history. The Capitals raced out to a 3-1 series lead before falling apart. In the last three games of the series they were only able to score one goal in each game. Eventually they would lose game seven, at home, 2-1