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Capitals seem poised to finally succeed in the postseason

Capitals seem poised to finally succeed in the postseason

The Washington Capitals have been here before, a powerhouse with the NHL's top regular-season record and big playoff ambitions. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't need to be reminded; he coached them to 54 victories and 121 points in 2009-10, but the Capitals extended their epic book of postseason heartbreak by squandering a 3-1 series lead over No. 8 Montreal, being repeatedly stymied by acrobatic goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

"We were a bunch of young kids coming in there just playing every night, not realizing how hard it is to win," Boudreau said. "Then when we finally got into a position where the goalie was really, really good, we couldn't handle it.

"I...

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