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Caps composed, confident heading into Game 7 with Bruins

As the Washington Capitals sat in the dressing room at their Arlington, Va., practice facility ahead of a flight to Boston for a final showdown with the Boston Bruins in this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, the mood was noticeably loose.

Players lobbed well-intended jabs at one another, exchanged jokes with reporters and seemed relaxed to the point that an uninformed observer might not have believed the team will be fighting to keep its season alive tonight in Game 7 at TDGarden.

There's no reason to be anything but calm, the Capitals said. Most have been here before — facing a game that ultimately will determine the success or failure of everything they've...