Posted April 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
It may be Southeast Division title or bust for the Washington Capitals in their quest for a sixth consecutive postseason appearance, but coach Adam Oates has said his team isn't focused on the standings quite yet. The New York Islanders, meanwhile, have become motivated by the possibility of ending the franchise's playoff drought. Washington looks to create a tie atop its division by earning its first victory in three tries versus visiting New York on Thursday night. The Capitals (17-17-2) are on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, though their recent 5-1-1 surge has helped them pull within two points of Southeast-leading Winnipeg with 12 games remaining. Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist and Mike Green also scored twice to help Washington overcome a two-goal first-period deficit in Tuesday's 5-3 win at Carolina. "The team feels good and we just have to play the same way," said Ovechkin, who has scored in eight of his last nine games and has 10 goals ...
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