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Physical play, strong defense lift Caps past Rangers 4-1

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For a night, the Washington Capitals showed how they can assemble a victory fueled by quick pressure on opponents to force turnovers, a willingness throughout the lineup to get involved physically with punishing checks and a defense that bends but doesn't break.

By following that recipe Wednesday night, the Capitals beat the New York Rangers, 4-1, at Verizon Center, besting a team that entered the building as the Eastern Conference leaders on a five-game winning streak. The Capitals got...

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