WASHINGTON (AP) — Winning the Presidents’ Trophy is becoming old hat for the Washington Capitals, though this time it could be more important than ever.
The Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Wednesday night to wrap up their second consecutive regular-season points title, the top seed in the Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division title. With all those banner additions, the best home team in the NHL will have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Even though Washington beat an opponent with nothing to play for and six regulars out of the lineup, Alex Ovechkin is rolling and believes he and his teammates are trending positively as they finished atop the league standings for the third time in eight seasons.
“It means we’re best team in the season, but the most important season is coming soon,” said Ovechkin, whose shot was tipped by Justin Williams for the game-winner on the power play. “I think everybody focusing, everybody playing the right…