Some day, Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen will look back on this month of April and remember how it changed his life for the better.
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.
Capitals coach Adam Oates didn’t have to say a word.
His players knew what happened the last time they built a four-goal lead on an opponent.
News and notes as the 23-17-2 Capitals take on the 24-13-5 Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Verizon Center [6:30 p.m. Capitals Central]: