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“We knew we were going to go through the paces,” right wing Joel Ward said. “We had a day off, couple days off so we knew it would be a good day at work. There was nothing wrong with it. It was a good practice, hardworking practice, for sure.”

Forward Matt Hendricks said the Caps “needed” a practice like that, given this break in the schedule. Plenty of guys were huffing and puffing trying to catch their breath, but it was just what center Jay Beagle wanted.

“Yeah, I loved that,” Beagle said. “It was a great practice. It was something that I love to do, a little bag skate.”