Posted March 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
Until their most recent game, the Washington Capitals were making strides toward a fifth consecutive playoff berth. To rebound with a win Sunday night, the Capitals will have to get past a Chicago Blackhawks team that's had considerable success lately despite the absence of captain Jonathan Toews. Washington (36-29-6) had won four in a row and a season-high three straight on the road before a 3-2 defeat to Winnipeg on Friday. The Capitals gave up the go-ahead goal with 10:39 remaining while failing to earn at least one point for the first time in six games. "This one stings," former Blackhawks forward Troy Brouwer said. "We really needed the points in the standings. We were trying to get some separation." Washington heads into Chicago with a slim lead for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, and will face a team that's 6-1-1 in its last eight. After trailing in each of its previous four games, the Blackhawks (39-25-8) scored 10 seconds into a 4-1 victory at Dallas...
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