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Capitals get Hurricanes in first round after inconsequential loss

Capitals get Hurricanes in first round after inconsequential loss

The score on the Capital One Arena videoboard wasn’t nearly as interesting as the ones that flashed on the screen hanging from the rafters. The Washington Capitals needed 81 games to secure the top spot in the Metropolitan Division, so the 82nd resembled an exhibition contest — three regulars got the night off with nothing at stake against the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

The games that could affect Washington’s postseason were in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Ottawa; the Capitals entered the evening’s slate with three possibilities for a first-round playoff opponent. While Washington lost to New York, 3-0, with forwards Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie and defenseman John...

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