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

SABRES@ CAPITALS Friday, 7p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet 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 two goals from Alexander Semin and one each from Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer, while Tomas Vokoun finished with 31 saves in his first start...

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