Washington, D.C. sports fans are still waiting.
It's been 25 years since a major D.C. pro sports team won a championship and 16 years since a major D.C. pro sports team made a conference championship game.
But 2017 has brought a ray of light. Not only is 2017 just the third season since 1989 that both the Wizards and Capitals qualified for the playoffs, but it marks the first time ever that both teams won their respective divisons.
DC Teams in the playoffs: Better, but still bad. pic.twitter.com/rBWDscTwEm— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) April 6, 2017
The Wizards clinched the Southeast Division title for the first time in franchise history thanks to a victory over the Lakers last Wednesday. The Capitals followed suit, clinching the Metropolitan Division title on Wednesday night thanks to a 2-0 victory over the Rangers.
The Capitals win enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs with home-ice advantage, and are on track to land the No. 1 seed, which would likely mean a first-round matchup with the Bruins.
At 47-31, the Wizards are currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and depending on the final few games, can vault as high as the No. 2 seed.
Postseason play is an entirely different beast, where anything can happen. But as the the regular seasons come to an end, the outlook on sports life as a D.C. fan is much brighter than it has been in seasons past.