The Capitals will need every ounce of the confidence gained from Thursday's gutsy win against the Wild when they head west this weekend.
Mike Ribeiro and Matt Hendricks have both signed with new teams on the first day of NHL free agency.
A look at how the players who finished the season on the Capitals' top two lines fared and what the future might hold.
A look at the Capitals' unrestricted free agents.
The Capitals finally found a second-line center in Mike Ribeiro, but the pending UFA's contract demands might not mesh with the team's long-term plans.
Both veterans are hoping to take advantage of what could be their final chance to earn a lucrative NHL contract.
Mike Ribeiro plays his best game of the playoffs and tops it off with his first ever game-winning goal in the playoffs.
The Rangers’ aggressive penalty kill can force even the NHL’s most effective power play in the regular season to tweak its strategy slightly.
Mike Ribeiro doesn't have a history of consistency in the postseason, but as a pending unrestricted free agent this postseason looms large for the veteran center.
The Capitals' top offensive talents continue to produce, but in the past five games so has the second line. It's members know that scoring consistently is an important asset for the postseason.