ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Some members of the Washington Capitals say a players-only meeting in early February played an important role in saving their season.
Without it, the Capitals might not be preparing to host the New York Rangers in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference playoff series Thursday night.
Washington won only two of its first 11 games and was last in the entire NHL after a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh. The next morning, players met at their practice facility and talked about what was going wrong.
Right after that, Washington went on a three-game winning streak and wound up winning the Southeast Division.
Center Nicklas Backstrom says of the meeting: ``That's what I think was the turning point.''
The Rangers also had a pivotal moment - deals made at the trade deadline.

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