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Early exit a year after Cup win teaches Caps another lesson

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Nicklas Backstrom always wondered what it would take to win it all.

When he stood outside the Washington Capitals' locker room following first- or second-round playoff losses in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, he lamented each missed opportunity but could never definitively say what it would take to get over the hump. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2018 and going out in the first round this year, Backstrom has a bit of a better clue for the future.

"It's kind of like, `What do you need?' You don't know the answer to that," Backstrom said Friday as players cleared out their lockers. "You're just guessing and going on your instinct. But now I feel like we've been through it and it is possible, especially when you don't expect the team to do it."

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Leaders
Points: A. Ovechkin89
Plus/Minus: M. Kempny24
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin338
PIM: T. Wilson128
Win: B. Holtby32
Shutouts: B. Holtby3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 274 (5)
Shots: 2492 (22)
PP%: 20.8% (12)
Penalty Minutes: 730 (11)
Assists: 478 (5)
SH Goals: 5 (25)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
xy-Washington 48 26 8 104
x-NY Islanders 48 27 7 103
x-Pittsburgh 44 26 12 100
x-Carolina 46 29 7 99
x-Columbus 47 31 4 98
Philadelphia 37 37 8 82
NY Rangers 32 36 14 78
New Jersey 31 41 10 72
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 248 (15)
Shots Against: 2584 (17)
PK%: 78.9% (24)
Penalty Minutes: 706 (12)
Shutouts: 4 (20)
Sv%: 0.904 (18)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
5/20 S. Gersich Contract extended One-year contract extension
5/20 B. Pinho Contract extended One-year contract extension
5/17 M. Kammerer Signed with European team Dusseldorfer EG-Germany
5/17 J. Ikonen Waived For purpose of being released
5/6 A. Jonsson-Fjallby Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
5/1 M. Kammerer Waived For purpose of being released
4/29 P. Milner Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/21 P. Milner Called up from minors from South Carolina-ECHL
4/21 I. Samsonov Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/20 I. Samsonov Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
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