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EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL | LIGHTNING LEADS SERIES, 3-2
Three consecutive losses have pushed the Capitals to the edge of elimination. However, they have shown resiliency while scrapping to a division title and into the Eastern Conference Final this season. Will that effort show one more time? | By Brian McNally
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John Carlson on the difference at home and on the road for the Capitals:
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