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“I think it just gets more simple,” Beagle said. “It’s just harder to stick-handle and make crisp passes.”

But this series hasn’t been full of crisp passes and dynamic offense so far, anyway. Because of that, it could be perfect for the Caps and Bruins.

“It might be good. It’s one of those series where there’s not much ice out there anyways,” Aucoin said. “Both teams are getting the puck in deep and grinding it out down low. I don’t think it so much slows the game down; I think you just see the puck bouncing a lot more and guys a lot more careful.”