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“I think it’s encouraging how many chances we’re getting,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time before we get some goals and get some results.”

A lot of results were expected of the Caps this season. Whereas last year Washington made an improbable run just to make the playoffs, this time the team finished the regular season with the fourth-best record in the league.

But even with a different set of circumstances - a more defensive-minded series, a hot opposing goaltender - the Caps are drawing a lot from last year’s experience to prevent their season from ending Friday night.

“If you look at last year’s series, it wasn’t until Game 5 that we really started to play. When we were facing elimination, we just almost played carefree,” forward Brooks Laich said. “This year I think the same sort of thing’s gonna happen. We know if we don’t play our best game [Friday] that we’re going home.”