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In doing so, Lundqvist makes life difficult on opponents used to being rewarded for smart plays. The Caps know what they have to do, but it’s not easy.

“You want to try and not let it affect [players] because you start second-guessing yourself,” coach Adam Oates said. “At the end of the day, you’re going to get some shots, going to get some chances. We have to be patient. He’s going to make some saves; you just keep playing.”