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Capitals continue to show how to become fans darling

If any sports team needs a blueprint for reviving a franchise, look no further than the Washington Capitals.

First, the Capitals saved what figured to be another lost season by gathering themselves after the new year and playing solid hockey and then made a made dash to the finish line by winning 11 of 12 to capture the Southeast Division. However, as they say on the late-night infomercials, "But there's more ...!"

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Last night's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers that tied the first-round playoff series at 3-3 and forced a Game 7 tonight in Washington came after the Caps had clawed back from a 3-1 hole in the series and rallied last night to overcome a 2-0 Flyer lead.

Washington's Alex Ovechkin, who scored the game-winner in Game 1, accounted for the go-ahead goal again last night and followed that with an insurance score. The first one broke a 2-2 tie when Ovechkin capitalized on a Flyer mistake on a breakaway and the second was on a no-see-'em slapshot from the left point.

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Omen:  Twenty years ago, Washington won a Game 7 series against the Flyers.

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