If there was any doubt people outside the Beltway noticed hockey's renaissance in the nation's capital, a check of ESPN's latest "Ultimate Standings" which ranks all the teams in the four major sports, the Capitals finished sixth overall, highest of any local team and third among NHL squads.
In fact, six of the top 11 teams in the list are from the NHL (the Hurricanes, Red Wings, Penguins, Blues and Ducks are there along with the Caps), highest of any of the other sports. No other sport has more than two in the top 11.
The Caps scored highest for ownership (fifth overall), coaching (10th overall), bang-for-the buck (11th), fan relations (11th) and players (12th). The only categories Washington wasn't quite in the top tier was affordability (31st) and titles (47th).
As for D.C.'s other team, it wasn't quite as rosy a ranking, as the Redskins were the next-highest Washington franchise at 92nd, then followed closely by the Nationals (97th) and Wizards (98th). If you throw in the city up the Parkway, the Caps finished ahead of the Ravens (29th) and well ahead of the Orioles (81st).
ESPN's full assessment is here.