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Well Dan, with two major victories in a row these Capitals are making a go of it. The victories came against two opponents that I’m sure very few felt they would best, the Bruins and the Canadiens.

Now after all of the twists and turns during this turbulent season the Caps find themselves in control of their own destiny in the eighth and final playoff spot — and within three points of the Panthers for the division title.

Sure they have been inconsistent, given up leads that they shouldn’t have and are playing without the services of veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun. Some choose to focus on the negatives. For me, I see the silver lining: Alex Ovechkin is playing his best hockey, Mike Green and Nicholas Backstrom are both back in the lineup and even though Braden Holtby struggled in his last outing, he and Mikal Neuvirth should be able to carry the weight of the goaltending duties if Vokoun can’t make it back.

All in all the Caps are finding the back of the net and also finding ways to win with the post-season hanging in the balance. That spells clutch to me. Listen, I don’t care how they make it into the playoffs, just make it and go from there. The great thing about the playoffs is the slate is wiped clean. It’s a new season. The team that stormed into the playoffs has the same record as the team that took the back door to get in.

As a competitor I will be the first one to admit I’d much rather compete knowing there’s still a chance to get to the final destination of the season: the chance to be a champion.

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