Capitals set new franchise record with 55th win


They’ve already locked up the Presidents’ Trophy.

And now the Washington Capitals have set a new franchise record with their 55th win of the season, besting their previous mark of 54 set back in 2009-10, courtesy a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

With the team continuing on this historic regular season — what can they do in the playoffs? — there are a few individual milestones left to decide.

Alex Ovechkin scored Friday and is up to 45 goals. The Capitals still have five games remaining in their season, so 50 for Ovechkin is still a possibility.

Goaltender Braden Holtby earned the win versus the Avalanche, giving him 47 on the season. He’s now only one back of Martin Brodeur for most wins in a single season by an NHL goalie.

Now, Barry Trotz could opt to give his workhorse netminder some time off in the closing games of the regular season to make sure he’s rested for the post-season. But with five games remaining, it definitely seems possible Holtby could at least tie that mark.

As for the Avalanche, who had Matt Duchene back in their lineup, well, Friday’s loss was devastating to their already fading playoff hopes.

The loss keeps Colorado five points back of the Minnesota Wild for the final Wild Card spot in the West, with four games remaining on their schedule.

The Nashville Predators also clinch a playoff spot.