It must be playoff time.
NEW YORK -- Are you ready for a heavy dose of Alex Ovechkin vs. Zdeno Chara?
Milan Lucic vs. Karl Alzner?
Tim Thomas vs. Braden Holtby?
He may not have used the word guarantee, but the comments Brooks Laich made on Wednesday morning regarding the Capitals playoff chances certainly achieved the same effect.
Back in September, several Capitals said their 2011-12 season would be judged not on the regular season, but how far they went in the playoffs.
Capitals coach Dale Hunter probably could have dusted off a tape of one of his own kamikaze net-crashing goals to illustrate his point.