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The Capitals dropped Game One to the Bolts with an effort that Bruce Boudreau thought included bad habits.
Capitals fans remembered the rough stretch their team had earlier this season while coach Bruce Boudreau implemented a more defensive system for his team to play. While first met with criticism, the Capitals righted the ship and played smart in their own end the rest of the way. Their great play down the stretch helped them jump the Flyers for the top spot in the East and they quickly knocked out the Rangers in five games in the opening round.
With this strong team play and Michal Neuvirth playing great in net, the Capitals should be looking to stay the course as the playoffs continue. But the Caps dropped their first game against the Lightning in the second round, 4-2.
Tampa played desperate hockey and came back from a 3-1 series deficit to knock out the Pens and continued to play fast against the Caps, giving them the victory. It looks like Washington will be able to rebound from this first loss, but if they revert to much of what Boudreau referred to as bad habits, they could let the Lightning make things interesting.