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Caps snare final playoff berth

Long before the final horn sounded, the sea of red-clad fans turned the arena into an earsplitting din of cheers for their team, “M-V-P!” chants for Alex Ovechkin, a chorus of “Bruuuuuuce” for their coach. Even “Hip, hip, Hu-et!” for the goaltender.

The owner responded by blowing a kiss to the crowd. After three painful, rebuilding seasons of consecutive last-place finishes, the Washington Capitals had a lot of pent-up celebrating to do.

When the clock hit 0:00, Ovechkin jumped into the arms of Cristobel Huet, and the Capitals were finally on the way to the playoffs.

Elliot will be pumped Monday morning!

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