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Now with two games left, the Caps are in the driver’s seat to earn the top seed in the East. As much as Boudreau has said he doesn’t care about that, the competitive fire is burning with that a big possibility now.

“You’re not gonna try to play for second place. You’re gonna play to be the best,” he said. “If we can win all three and things fell the way they’re supposed to, it’d be a lot better to be No. 1 than it would be to be No. 2.”

Three more points in two remaining games would get the Caps there.