As the ageless Schoolhouse Rock song tells us, "Three is a magic number, yes it is- it's a magic number." As it important as it was growing up, the number three is even more important to the Washington Capitals- as it's their magic number. Three Washington wins, or three losses by the Atlanta Thrashers will lock up a third straight Southeast Division title, and third straight playoff appearance for the Caps.
All this with 17 games left in the books.
Three could also be a magic number for Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin, who's looking for his third straight Hart Memorial and "Rocket" Richard Trophies, as well as his third straight Lester B. Pearson Award.