Caps fans have been treated to some exciting hockey games since the All-Star Break. The Capitals have gone 3-0-1 in games which included the #1, #3, and #5 teams in the NHL. They most recently faced the New Jersey Devils, who came into Tuesday night's matchup riding an eight-game winning streak. The Caps scored two early power play goals, and went up 3-0 in the second. The Devils started a comeback by scoring on a 5-on-3 power play and, a few minutes later, a short-hander. That's as far as they would get, though, as the Caps went on to put the game away in the final minutes with another power-play goal and then an empty-netter.
The Caps are back home tomorrow for a rare visit from the Los Angeles Kings, then Saturday the Florida Panthers will come to call at the Verizon Center. Despite having to deal with yet another round of injuries, fans should expect the Caps to play with the level of enthusiasm and energy appropriate for a team destined for the playoffs. They know the areas they need to improve to make it past the regular season, and they've proven they have what it takes to face off against the best teams in the NHL.