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With Tomas Vokoun impressive in net, it all added up to the Caps’ fourth straight victory and movement into a playoff position.

“We’re playing good as a team,” Vokoun said. “We play, I think, great emotion wise and our power play has been much better of late. … I feel pretty good, and obviously the team’s playing good and they’re scoring three, four goals. It’s been good.”

How it will all feel Wednesday and moving forward likely depends on Backstrom and his status. For his part, Bourque said he didn’t realize the severity of the problem.

“Did it look really bad? Was he hurt? I didn’t even know if I clipped him,” he said. “I didn’t even know if I hit him in the head.”