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Capitals win in OT, clinch playoff berth

Washington defeats Carolina, becomes first team to reach postseason

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

Ovechkin's game-winning goal

CAR@WSH: Ovechkin fires it home to win the game in OT

3/15/16: Evgeny Kuznetsov finds Alex Ovechkin, who rifles the puck home to give the Capitals a 2-1 overtime win, clinching a playoff berth

  • 01:07 •

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin scored 1:38 into overtime and the Washington Capitals became the first team in the NHL to clinch a berth in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center on Tuesday.

It's the fastest the Capitals have clinched a playoff spot since 2009-10. Washington has qualified for the postseason in eight of the past nine seasons.

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Situation Room

Situation Room Initiated Challenge: CAR @ WSH - OT

Original call stands - good goal Washington Capitals @NHL

Situation Room: CAR vs. WSH

Situation Room: Ovechkin's GWG stands after review

3/15/16: Alex Ovechkin's game-winning goal in OT is reviewed to determine if an offside penalty occurred and, after review, the goal stands

  • 01:03 •

At 1:38 of overtime in the Hurricanes/Capitals game, the Situation Room initiated a review under the terms of a Coach's Challenge to review whether Evgeny Kuznetsov had possession and control of the puck when Washington entered the attacking zone prior to Alex Ovechkin's goal. 

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that the Capitals entered the attacking zone legally prior to the goal.

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game preview

Capitals need single point to clinch playoff spot

Holtby seeking 42nd win of season as Washington hosts Carolina

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

HURRICANES (31-26-12) at CAPITALS (49-14-5)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, CSN-DC, NHL.TV

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals will clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff spot with at least a point against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Capitals could also lose in regulation and still clinch a playoff spot if the Detroit Red Wings or Pittsburgh Penguins lose in regulation, or if the Red Wings win in regulation and the Penguins lose to the Islanders in any fashion.


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