That’s especially significant this season with an imbalance of power within the Eastern Conference.

Instead of facing a foe from the Metropolitan Division, which houses three of the NHL’s top four teams, the top-seeded Capitals draw the conference’s second wild-card team, likely the Senators, Bruins or Maple Leafs from the inferior Atlantic. Otherwise, as the Caps know too well, the distinction means very little when the playoffs begin.

It just gives us that opportunity to have the last change in a Game 7 or crowd behind us or whatever, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. It’s a point of pride that we’ve been consistent.

Trotz said there was no mention of the accolade after the game.

Authentic Womens Nate Sudfeld Jersey All I said was, ‘Good work by us.’ Then we talked about winning, he said. We said we wanted to win the Metro, and we did.

Nothing has been reported on the specific nature of the illness because of privacy laws and the NHL’s collective-bargaining agreement.
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There’s no doubt Crosby would have reached the milestone even sooner had it not been for the injuries he’s endured throughout his 13-year career, most notably concussions that sidelined him 113 games from 2010-11 to 2012-13.

The only other player to reach 1,000 career points after debuting in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout is Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. The Russian winger became the 84th player to hit 1,000 points with a goal 35 seconds into the team’s win over the Penguins on Jan. 12. Canucks captain Henrik Sedin became the 85th player to hit 1,000 points shortly after on Jan. 21.

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