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Sounds like a couple of the players-only meetings that occurred during the regular season. But at least then, the Caps could take solace in building off strengths. They’ll try to do so in the playoffs, too, such as holding the Rangers to 14 shots.

“In the course of a game or playoff series, you’re going to play some stretches of good hockey, and sometimes you’re going to make mistakes,” Laich said. “I think that’s the worst thing you can do is dwell on the negatives. Focus on the positives and come back with a better effort [Monday] and leave here smiling.”