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NHL Southeast Division Standings: Thrashers Finally Leapfrog Tampa Bay Lightning; Sit Two Behind Washington Capitals

The Thrashers find themselves just one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning (who they play tomorrow night at 7:30 in Tampa) and two points behind the Washington Capitals. The Lightning haven't been playing bad hockey recently - they're 8-3-2 in their last ten games played - but the Thrashers have only lost twice in the past ten games, and the rest of those ten have been wins. Ground had to be gained sooner or later, despite the Lightning's best efforts.

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The Capitals, though, are currently stuck in a free fall that they haven't seen under coach Bruce Boudreau. They've lost six in a row and are 4-5-1 in their last ten. Outscored 21-8, this run of failure culminated in Sunday's 7-0 blowout by the New York Rangers. Alexander Ovechkin even managed to get into a fight of all things against the Rangers' Brandon Dubinsky:

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Yep, I think the situation's pretty ok for the Thrashers to manage to climb their way up to first place in the division for the first time since they won it in 2007. Totally do-able.

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Southeast Standings

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GP W L OTL PT
Washington321811339
Atlanta311711337
Tampa Bay301610436
Carolina281212428
Florida281315026
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(updated 12.14.2010 at 9:24 AM EST)

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.