The Capitals have waited a full year, 52 weeks, to get back to the postseason after the disappointment of last year’s first-round loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Now that Washington is one game away from being back in the playoffs, Coach Bruce Boudreau was asked what the feeling is in the coaches’ office and dressing room with the postseason so tantalizingly close.

“Anticipation is probably more like it,” Boudreau said. “We started a job that we’d like to finish on Saturday on a positive note and then — sometimes the most exciting part of your life is two months long, sometimes it’s only two weeks long. We hope it’s longer than it was last year.”

--Prior to Washington’s 5-2 win over the Panthers, Boudreau said the Capitals expect Dennis Wideman to miss at least the first round of the playoffs.

--Another look at the goaltending situation and the argument that three goalies are better than one. [Box Seats]

--In today’s edition of scoreboard watching, the Hurricanes stayed alive in the playoff race with a 3-0 win over the Red Wings Wednesday. [News and Observer]

--More on the Make a Wish day of young William Shannon. [RMNB]

--If you missed the story about Marty Turco making a bet with a fan while sitting on the Blackhawks’ bench earlier this week, well you’ve missed one of the more entertaining anecdotes of the season. [Puck Daddy]