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The good news is that this Caps team has been behind 3-1 in the playoffs before and come back (only to get eliminated in Game 7 in OT). The bad news is that they didn’t learn their lesson… and may pay an awful price.

What they have to do Friday at the Phone Booth is clear: Begin the game with the same ferocity they ended Game 4. Or as Nicklas Backstrom suggested, “start the way we did in the third game,” when they knocked the Rangers off their skates with two Alexander Semin scores in the first dozen minutes. For the Capitals, there’s no other alternative.