Kevin SchultzTuesday night in Washington the Capitals got blown out 5-0 by the Dallas Stars, which doesn’t usually mean much around here. However, that Capitals loss secured a playoff berth for the Montreal Canadiens (who also lost to Tampa tonight, for what that’s worth).
With the clinch of the playoffs for Montreal, it will seal the Thomas Vanek deadline day trade once and for all. Because of extra stipulations in the trade, the Islanders will get Montreal’s second round pick in the upcoming draft in exchange for the Islanders fifth round pick. The exchange was contingent on the Habs making the post-season.