Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (left) and left wing Jason Chimera chat during practice Tuesday in Arlington. The Capitals open the playoffs Thursday in Boston against the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins. (The Washington Times/Andrew Harnik)

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (left) and left wing Jason Chimera chat during practice Tuesday in Arlington. The Capitals open the playoffs Thursday in Boston against the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins. (The Washington Times/Andrew Harnik)