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Caps recap: Capitals surge to first place in Southeast
Caps recap: Capitals surge to first place in Southeast

The Capitals are finally clicking with a month remaining in the regular season. They have won five straight games and seven of eight to reclaim the top spot in the Southeast Division, and Monday night's 2-1 shootout victory over the Lightning gave Washington a two-point lead over Tampa Bay. Early returns show that the Capitals are a better team after their trade-deadline dealings. They have won four straight games since acquiring center Jason Arnott and defenseman Dennis Wideman. Arnott has tallied a goal and an assist since coming over from the Devils, and he has a plus-three rating. Wideman, a former Panther, has logged 25 minutes a game and is a plus-four. The shakeup in the...

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