The Capitals knew what was on the line Tuesday night: the opportunity to clinch the Southeast division.
It started with a forearm to Nicklas Backstrom's lower back as he skated with the puck into the Leaf's zone. The extra touch sent the center to his knees and head first into the boards.
If the Capitals are going to rediscover what it feels like to win hockey games they will first need to rediscover their offense.
The Capitals received some encouraging injury news on Friday when defenseman Mike Green skated on his own before practice and coach Adam Oates hinted that forward Marcus Johansson could play this