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From there, the Caps seemed to have the Rangers right where they wanted them. Hunter’s team likes living on the edge, using that to beat the Boston Bruins in the opening round.

Saturday provided yet another example of how one blunder can be disastrous.

“They’re a good defensive team and when we had guys jump up in the play and we turned it over, then they had guys going the other way,” right wing Troy Brouwer said. “Then they were able to get the puck in our zone and cycle it around. Sometimes, when you’re taking chances, it’s going to bite you.”