The Washington Capitals made sure that when they take the TD Banknorth Garden ice tomorrow for a showdown with the Boston Bruins the match-up will feature the top two teams in the Eastern Conference by defeating the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-3, last night.
In the win, Caps defenseman Mike Green tied the Washington record for power-play goals scored by a defenseman with his 16th (tying Scott Stevens), as Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post tells us.
Corey Masisak in the Washington Times writes that the Caps got a different result this time despite blowing a two-goal lead for the second straight time.
MK: Washington has been battling New Jersey for that No. 2 slot for weeks now. If the Caps, nine points back of the Bruins, have any chance at catching Boston for first, they must earn a regulation win at the Garden — otherwise Boston pretty much will have the top seed wrapped up.