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With those good feelings about victories keeping the mood light, there’s an understanding that this kind of play won’t be tolerated for long. But with each game another teaching experience, the calendar is the Caps’ friend.

“It’s October. That’s not going to float — you’re not going to want to see that in February, March, April,” veteran Mike Knuble said. “In October it’s fine. You work on it, and we’ll be better Tuesday.”