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The Caps went on The Tonight Show, and it went exactly how you'd expect

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The Caps went on The Tonight Show, and it went exactly how you'd expect

There have been over 12,000 episodes of The Tonight Show, but only one of them has included the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

On Monday night, Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby sat down and had some fun with Jimmy Fallon.

The Caps have been celebrating like crazy since clinching the first Stanley Cup in team history last Thursday in Las Vegas, and they didn't slow down on national television.

Unsurprisingly, Ovechkin and Holtby brought the Stanley Cup with them to the show, so of course, they joined Jimmy Fallon and recent Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith in taking a drink out of the Cup.

Fallon also requested the help of the Capitals in doing his own keg stand, but he had nothing on Ovi's recent shenanigans.

Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby & Triple Crown Jockey Mike Smith Drink from Stanley Cup

Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin & Braden Holtby celebrate their NHL Stanley Cup win with Jimmy Fallon and Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith!

Posted by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, June 11, 2018

Like most late night appearances, Ovechkin and Holtby were there to smile and celebrate their historic win, but they also talked a little about what it meant to bring a championship to Washington.

When discussing his great play in net during the playoffs, Holtby said he just "closes his eyes and hopes for the best," which somehow we doubt is entirely accurate.

Fallon also had some fun with the fact that Ovechkin is the one on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and not Holtby. It's no surprise that a megastar would have the cover all to himself, and as Fallon himself pointed out to Holtby - "There's always next month."

We put together a thread of the best moments, and Capitals twitter account was kind enough to document the trip for the fans.

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Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

With their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Capitals' playoff future is starting to come into focus. Washington has only one game remaining and can finish in either third or fourth in the round robin standings. That limits the number of possible playoff opponents for the Caps when the games really start to matter.

First, before talking about who the Caps may play, it is important to remember why. Under the NHL's regular format, a normal year would see teams advance in a bracket, meaning each team knows going in they will be playing the winner of a specific matchup if they advance. This year, the NHL is going back to its old format of re-seeding after each round. This makes determining matchups a bit harder to figure out.

Here's what we know. The Caps are going to finish in the bottom half of the round robin meaning they will play one of the highest two seeded teams coming out of the qualifying round. The Carolina Hurricanes swept their qualifying round series against the New York Rangers. As the No. 6 seed coming in, Carolina is going to be one of the top two qualifying round teams.

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Washington's final seed will be determined by Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. A win in regulation, overtime or a shootout will mean the Caps are No. 3, while a loss in any fashion will bump them down to No. 4.

The simplest scenario for Washington is that If the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to win their series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Caps are guaranteed to play either Pittsburgh or Carolina as the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively. It gets a little trickier if the Penguins lose. If that happens, the Hurricanes become the top qualifying team and will play No. 4. The top team behind them then becomes No. 6 which, as of now, could be the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Columbus Blue Jackets.

So a rematch with the Hurricanes is a definite possibility for the Caps, as is a matchup with the rival Penguins.

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Penguins eliminated in qualifying round but now could win the top-overall draft pick

Penguins eliminated in qualifying round but now could win the top-overall draft pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ postseason came to an abrupt end on Friday as they were defeated in just four games by the 12th-seeded Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens shut out Pittsburgh in Game 4 to close out the series. Few gave Montreal, a team with a 31-31-9 record in the regular season, much of a chance, but the Canadiens have now authored the biggest upset in the postseason thus far.

The Penguins began faltering down the stretch of the regular season, but with four new additions at the trade deadline and over four months to adjust, no one thought Pittsburgh would not be able to at least make it past the Habs.

And yet here we are.

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In four games, Sidney Crosby was limited to three points, Jake Guentzel three, Jason Zucker two and Evgeny Malkin only one. The only chance many gave Montreal was if goalie Carey Price stood on his head, but in fact he was not tested nearly as much as one may have thought in a series as seemingly lopsided on paper as this one.

Pittsburgh has now lost nine of its last 10 playoff games and the future of the team with the current core now is very much in doubt.

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Before you cheer too hard, Capitals fans, the silver-lining for Pittsburgh is that they will now have a 12.5-percent chance of winning the draft lottery and earning the chance to select phenom Alexis Lafreniere with the No. 1 overall pick. As Pittsburgh begins to think about life after Crosby and Malkin, getting the No. 1 overall pick will certainly jumpstart the eventual rebuild.

The loss means that Washington will play either the Carolina Hurricanes or New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. If the Caps win their final round robin game against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, they will face the Islanders. If they lose, they will play the Hurricanes.

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