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“Character” got the Caps into sole possession of first place, points-wise, for the first time under Hunter. But given that the Lightning are chasing, they don’t want to look back at this two-point swing with regret.

And that makes Wednesday night’s game at the Florida Panthers all that much more important. Florida trails the Caps by just one point now with a game in hand.

“Tomorrow is even a bigger game for us,” center Mathieu Perreault said. “We’re playing the team we’re battling to get on top of the Southeast, so it’ll be a huge two points for us.”