Recap: Caps 5, Thrashers 2

[NHL.com Recap - GameCenter - Game Summary - Event Summary]

For anyone who was wondering what happens when a recently-eliminated and under-manned NHL squad runs up against the most skilled team in the League looking for little more than some pre-playoffs stat-padding, wonder no more.

With several regulars sitting and others sitting on the cusp of milestones and League leaderships, the Caps disposed of a Thrashers team that was tied with their hosts after forty minutes (thanks largely to the outstanding goaltending they received from their franchise's future in net), but saw the floodgates open in a three-goals-in-3:16 span of the third period. In defeat, Atlanta was reminded yet again: when the Caps flip the switch, look out.

Ten more notes on the game:

Eighty-one down, one to go. Milestones hit (with some still remaining), individual candidacies bolstered. Sixty minutes of hockey left before it all starts to matter... again.

Game highlights:

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