March 11, 2006... 22-34-7, had just lost to New Jersey to start an eight-game losing streak; they finished 29-41-12
March 11, 2007... 24-33-8, in the midst of an eight-game losing streak (that would reach nine); they finished 28-40-14
March 11, 2008... 32-30-8, lost to Pittsburgh in the last game (made famous by the Nicklas Backstrom own goal that broke a 2-2 tie with 28 seconds left); the Caps would lose only once more the rest of the way in finishing 43-31-8
March 11, 2009... 41-21-6, beat Nashville in overtime the previous night, finished up 9-3-2 to end the season with a franchise record standings points total while going 50-24-8
March 11, 2010... 45-13-9, clinched the Southeast Division for the third consecutive year.
"I don't think anyone came in rejoicing. It's nice to know we're not gonna finish lower than third [in the conference], but other than that, we have bigger goals."
-- Brooks Laich, on clinching the division
But don't forget how far the Caps have come, either.