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Top-seed Capitals seek improvement to close season

Washington wants to play better after clinching Eastern Conference

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- With the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs locked up, the Washington Capitals will now turn to locking down their play over the last 10 games of the regular season.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took a moment to appreciate earning the top seed in the East on Tuesday but quickly pointed out the Metropolitan Division leaders still have work to do.

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Ovechkin, Capitals secure No. 1 spot in East

Defeat Ottawa to clinch Eastern Conference top seed in Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

Ovechkin's power-play tally

WSH@OTT: Ovechkin pads the Capitals' lead with PPG

3/22/16: Alex Ovechkin slams the puck past the right pad of Craig Anderson for the power-play goal, putting the Capitals up by two in the 1st

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OTTAWA -- The Washington Capitals clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday.

Mike Richards, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie scored for the Capitals (52-15-5), who also won the Metropolitan Division and ended a three-game losing streak on the road.

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Changes may be coming for Senators

Ottawa owner Melnyk says 'nobody is safe' with likelihood of missing playoffs

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

Mar 22: Eugene Melnyk

Mar 22: Eugene Melnyk

Sens Owner Eugene Melnyk speaks to media and shares his thoughts on the team's performance this season

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OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk blamed inconsistency among other reasons for his team likely missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

He vowed changes will be coming on and off the ice during the offseason.

The Senators entered their game Tuesday against the Washington Capitals (7:30 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV) seven points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

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Capitals on cusp of nailing down top Eastern seed

Trotz juggles lines against Senators with clincher in sight

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

CAPITALS (51-15-5) at SENATORS (34-31-8)

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV

OTTAWA - The Washington Capitals can clinch the Metropolitan Division and the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday.

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