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“I don’t think it’s going to be hard or it’s going to be easy. It’s gonna be a 50-50 game, 50-50 chances,” Ovechkin said. “You can see how we play: Every game it’s one goal, and this going to be game that win the series, so we just have to play. Right now, we’re sad, but tomorrow’s a new day.”

And Wednesday’s a new chance to advance to the second round. It seems only fitting that in a series this tight that one winner-take-all game is needed.

“We knew it was going to go long series,” Alzner said. “It’s our turn to win it now.”