Ladies and gentlemen, hockey imitates life. I say this because, just like in hockey, anything can happen in life. And vice versa. And anything is what has happened so far for my favorite team this year. Now, with just a handful of weeks to go in this labor-interrupted season, what looked impossible just a couple of weeks ago is now reality--the Washington Capitals are in first place in the Southeast division.
And yes, while anything still can happen with time left in the season, this has to be a confidence booster for this team. But the only thing I'm afraid of is that complacency will once again rear its ugly head. In other words, the Caps cannot let up. Not for a moment. Not when the prize is within their grasp. Fortunes can turn so quickly, much like life.
Complacency will not be a factor for the team's most consistent players over the last few weeks--Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green. Call them the not-so-Young Guns version 2.0. And kudos to Martin Erat for stepping into a new situation and playing very well.
By no means are their opponents the Islanders out of it--trust me they will be heard from. And nothing is set in stone, far from it. But as they have learned, forgotten, and relearned once again, the results can and will come if the Caps stick to their game plan.
Whatever happens it looks to be an exciting finish to the season. And I wouldn't have it any other way.