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“One little play at the end when Johnny’s stick gets held in a four-on-four situation,” right wing Mike Knuble said. “The guy literally grabs a hold of his stick and creates a passing lane and they just bang it in.”

That was the difference in what could have been the Capitals burying the Jets in the playoff race, but instead setting themselves up for a battle down the stretch.

“We definitely don’t like them,” Laich said. “They’re right behind us. We’ll see them in a week.”