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Defenseman Mike Green (hip flexor) missed Game 4, but defenseman John Carlson (hip pointer) and forward Mike Knuble (broken thumb) played hurt. Boudreau and McPhee said center Nicklas Backstrom (zero goals in the postseason) wasn’t injured, as far as they know.

Looking forward, McPhee said he thinks he has a good team in place.

“I don’t see major changes. … We’ll see what the summer brings,” he said.

“What we’re doing here, I believe, is putting a good team on the ice every year and hopefully one of these years we win it. But we’re in the mix every year,” McPhee said. “And it could be worse: We could be missing the playoffs.”

NOTES: After finishing the regular season with career lows of 32 goals and 85 points, Ovechkin said he’ll consider changing his offseason regimen and switching back to a previous trainer. … Ovechkin said he will join Russia’s team in hockey’s world championships, and McPhee said that’s fine with him. … D Tom Poti (groin injury) didn’t play after Jan. 12, and McPhee said: “I think his career’s on the line, and it’s too bad. It’s a real concern.”


AP Sports Writer Joseph White contributed to this story.


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