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Hunter credited Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson.

“We had some opportunities … but again your best penalty killer is always your goalie,” he said.

With Backstrom controlling the tempo, the Caps should be able to generate chances that take the goalie out of the equation, such as backdoor plays where someone can pop the puck into an empty net.

“He’s one of the best at seeing the ice and seeing plays before they even happen, getting pucks in guys hands so that they can score,” Green said.

Green’s lack of output on the power play is an issue; he has just a secondary assist on an empty-net goal in 20 games back from sports hernia surgery.

Players have pointed out that Backstrom makes teammates better. That’s desperately needed in a lot of areas, no place more than the power play. But getting him going and back into form might have to be the first step.

“He’s an offensive guy, so you want to get him back feeling good about his game, which is controlling the puck, making plays, getting shots on net. The best opportunity for that is on the power play,” Laich said. “Get him feeling like he’s in control on the ice, like he’s dominating the game.”