Capitals’ top concern: closing

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“When it is time for the playoffs, every goal is magnified by 10 times,” Steckel said. “If we’re going to have a two-goal lead and all of a sudden we’re 2-2 going into the third period, there is no reason for that to happen and it is going to cost us. It is something we’re getting better at, playing a full 60 minutes and avoiding letdowns, but it is still not where we need it to be.”

Added Poti: “It seemed like last year we were always coming from behind. We would have bad starts, but we had great finishes. This year it seems like it is the opposite, but it is definitely something we need to rectify coming down the stretch here.”

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