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Capitals trip Canadiens, 2-1, claim fourth straight division title

Capitals trip Canadiens, 2-1, claim fourth straight division title

The playoffs are for unlikely heroes, when the stars get stymied and it's on the secondary scoring to be the difference. Thursday night’s game between the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens was still two games short of the postseason, but considering the stakes for both clubs, the sense of urgency wasn’t all that different from what it’ll be a week from now.

And with the Capitals’ top two lines held off the scoresheet, it was Washington’s bottom two that delivered a 2-1 win at Capital One Arena to claim a fourth straight Metropolitan Division title while dealing a devastating blow to Montreal’s playoff hopes. The Canadiens sit just outside of an Eastern Conference...

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