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“I think every team goes through their highs and lows,” Green said. “We have been very successful at going through streaks in the past and I think that’s maybe why it seems like we are so up and down. But it’s just one game.”

One game the Capitals may have thought would be easier than it was.

“We need to practice better and we need to be ready when it’s game time, that’s for sure” Nicklas Backstrom said. “That’s all I can say right now.”