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He averaged nearly 14 minutes of ice time in the series and posted 13 shots on goal but didn’t score after Game 1 and was demoted in Game 7 against the Rangers. But Fleischmann returned to the Backstrom-Semin line Saturday and scored the winner early in the third period.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the big guys against this team, and you need secondary scoring, and that’s me or [Sergei Fedorov] last game,” Fleischmann said.

Fleischmann experienced dry spells of nine, seven and 15 games in the second half of the Caps’ season after missing time with an illness.