Since the start of the year, this California trip has been circled on most Caps' fans calendars - and likely on the calendars of the Caps themselves - as the trip that would likely be the team's ultimate test. One week, three California cities, three of the League's top teams, all in the thick of the playoff push. Of course, at the time we may not have had a full understanding of how critical the trip would be for the team's postseason hopes; fair to say that it has become even more crucial that the Caps return home with something more than Disneyland souvenirs.

The quest for points kicked off tonight in Anaheim, against a slumping but still potent Ducks team - and the Caps rose to the challenge.