Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote in a blog post today that he was simply happy that the team made the playoffs.
“I will be frank – I was nervous at times that we wouldn’t qualify for the playoffs; so I had no favorite in which team we would play – I was just hopeful we would be able to play at all and against any one,” Leonsis wrote.
“It is a joy and an honor to be involved in playoff hockey. I respect the Bruins; their organization and they are the clear cut favorites – and they are the defending Stanley Cup champions.”
The Capitals finished the season with a 42-32-8 record, good for 92 points which narrowly squeezed them ahead of the Buffalo Sabres to qualify for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. The team had previously finished with the best record in the conference in each of the past two seasons. Washington won a tiebreaker against the Ottawa Senators, who also finished the year with 92 points, to earn the seventh overall seed. The Capitals are just one of two teams in the NHL playoffs to have allowed more goals (230) than they have scored (222) this season.