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Capitals keep their playoff hopes alive with win in St. Louis

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The Washington Capitals were in action last night as they defeated the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

All the pre-game discussion surrounded Jaroslav Halak’s refusal to play against his former team. But Braden Holtby ended up stealing the show anyway in what was a fantastic game.

Holtby made several acrobatic saves and Alexander Oveckin tallied his 50th point of the season. The Blues controlled the flow of the game for the first two periods, but just couldn’t beat Holtby.

The defensive core of the Blues failed to match the counter attack of the Capitals. A couple of stupid penalties added to the Blues' frustration and led to the eventual loss. Another contributing factor was the Blues' inability to convert on their powerplay opportunities.

Whatever way I look at this game, it’s another bad loss for the Blues who seem to have stumbled quite a bit of late. I don’t think it’s in the offensive areas, it’s the defence that has me concerned for the Blues heading into the playoffs.

They were beaten in the back end too easily last night and didn’t do a good enough job challenging the Capitals in the defensive end. But I do love games where the goaltender is the star.

This was a huge win for the Capitals. They needed at least a point to keep their playoff hopes alive and they exceeded that. The chances of them making the playoffs are still very small but based on the goaltending skills this team has, they certainly have a chance at winning their remaining games.

Plus, if Ovechkin and Backstrom can continue scoring, the Capitals might be able to get into the playoffs.

This game was one of the best I’ve seen all year. There were plenty of goals, saves and hits.

The last three games of the season will be very exciting for Capitals fans. I believe Alexander Ovechkin is one of the best hockey players in the league and this marked the fifth time that he has made it to 50 points.

This accomplishment means he is now tied with Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman, Bobby Hull, Pavel Bure and Phil Espisito. That is a pretty incredible list of players to be included in and I believe that Ovechkin is just getting started.

Whether the Capitals make it into the playoffs or not doesn’t matter to me. I’d love to see Holtby try and steal some wins in the playoffs, but it’s just not going to happen.

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