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Teammates on Wednesday morning weren't eager to discuss the possibility of Jay Beagle missing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. A fringe roster player for the Washington Capitals at the start of the season, he has developed into a key faceoff, penalty-killing and shot-blocking specialist.
When the Washington Capitals talk about leadership, it goes far beyond Alex Ovechkin and a group that includes variable alternate captains Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Knuble, Troy Brouwer and Brooks Laich. Discussing vocal leaders, everyone to a man brought up Matt Hendricks.
A team so often draws its mood from its coach, so it wasn't surprising in previous years to see the Washington Capitals tighten up when Bruce Boudreau was under pressure. The highs were high when Boudreau got fired up, and the lows were low when the results didn't match lofty expectations.
Braden Holtby loves it when teammates block shots, going out of his way to show his appreciation. But the Washington Capitals' rookie goaltender knows what can go wrong when players don't get in front of pucks.
Don't call the trio of Mike Knuble, Keith Aucoin and Joel Ward the Washington Capitals' fourth line.
Consider Monday night's Game 2 in a vacuum without consideration of salary, reputation or statistics, and Alex Ovechkin's numbers made him look like a clutch third-liner and power-play specialist.
Alex Ovechkin's goal late in the third period gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game apiece.
It's nice when the Washington Capitals get production from the likes of forwards Jay Beagle and Joel Ward. But in order to beat the New York Rangers, the core players — Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom — need to improve off their Game 1 performance.
Mike Green's brutal hesitation to get off the ice cost the Washington Capitals the game at Madison Square Garden in a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon.