April 24, 2017

Washington Capitals Game 72 Recap: Caps finally start to put the script together

CAPS CLINCH DIVISION, CONFERENCE WITH 10 GAMES TO GO

(Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Capitals clinched the Metro Division and Eastern Conference to guarantee home ice throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

For the first time in months, the Caps heeded their locker room motto: Stick to the Script.

The script included scoring first. Left completely unattended at Ottawa’s net at 2:32 into the first period, Mike Richards got the first goal with an easy conversion after Tom Wilson’s solid takeaway on the Senators’ failed clear.

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS NL EAST CHAMPS

The Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0, clinching the National League East title on Atlanta’s home field.

The Nats take their second division title in three years.

Much more to come later on District Sports Page.

PHOTOS: 2012 NL East Division Champions!

Congratulations to all Washington Nationals fans and the new 2012 NL East Division Champions!

We just got home from the post-game celebration so we’re starting a photo gallery and will keep adding to it tonight. Wanted to give you something quickly!

The Washington Nationals clinched the division in the middle of the 9th inning when the Atlanta Braves lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nats Park errupted. Nats went on to lose to the Phillies 2-0, however, it turned out to be the best loss ever. Celebration ensued.

All photos were taken from the stands. Enjoy! Please feel to comment on post to let us know which is your favorite photo!

The Nats are the 2012 NL East Division Champions! – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nats Gio Gonzalez was the first to come onto the field after champagne celebration in the clubhouse. – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth, in his fantastic goggles, spraying fans with beer – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Stephen Strasburg – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Michael Morse – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals owner Ted Lerner waves to fans – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ian Desmond and his son Grayson – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Fans got to watch the Nats “champagne shower” in the clubhouse on the scoreboard. Love Ryan Matthew’s goggles and snorkling gear (middle of photo) – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nats Bullpen got F.P. Santangelo during their interview – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper were the first two players back on field for celebration – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Corey Brown, Ross Detwiler and John Lannan – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Celebrating! – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Chad Tracy and his daughter – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth embracing his kids – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Tom Gorzelanny and his song – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Several of the Nats players’ families on field while Nats were taking “champagne shower” in clubhouse – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Bryce Harper doing MLB Network interview – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa during his MLB Network interview – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Michael Morse pouring ice water over Adam LaRoche – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

John Lannan and Zach Duke – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman and fiance Heather Downen – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nats did a victory lap – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Gio Gonzalez giving owner Mark Lerner a big bear hug – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS 2012 N.L. EAST CHAMPIONS

With Atlanta’s 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh tonight, the Washington Nationals clinch the N.L. East Division Championship. District Sports Page will have much more at the conclusion of the Nats game with Philadelphia.

Photo Gallery.

The Nats are the 2012 NL East Division Champions! – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Nationals coverage on Twitter @NationalsDSP.

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