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Dennis Wideman spent parts of four seasons in Boston and watched intently last spring as his old Bruins teammates captured the Stanley Cup.
The Verizon Center crowd cheered and Dale Hunter didn't even know why. The Buffalo Sabres had lost to the Philadelphia Flyers and eliminated themselves from playoff contention, and the Washington Capitals were on their way to knocking off the Florida Panthers.
Brooks Laich didn't back down. With two games left and the Washington Capitals still in control of their playoff hopes, he didn't quite sound like Joe Namath but made sure everyone knew his stance.
The Washington Capitals have played the past 40 games without Nicklas Backstrom. Karl Alzner admitted last week that you can forget about a player's impact after so long, and Brooks Laich made it clear that he and his teammates were comfortable in that time.
This was Nicklas Backstrom's night. Cheers greeted his image on the Verizon Center video screens during pregame warm-ups and even louder ones rained down when he was introduced as part of the starting lineup.
It wasn't bad enough that the Washington Capitals skated a player short for much of the game. It wasn't bad enough that they lost starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun to injury in the first period. Then they had to go and blow a two-goal lead late in the third as what could have been a sure victory over the Boston Bruins devolved into uneasy chaos.