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After watching Lightning get swept, Capitals know all too well the curse of regular-season success

After watching Lightning get swept, Capitals know all too well the curse of regular-season success

The night the Tampa Bay Lightning was officially presented the Presidents' Trophy, the NHL 's award to the team with the best regular-season record, the Washington Capitals were in the building, waiting in the locker room during the ceremony. The Capitals had won it three times since 2010, so they knew to keep a safe distance from what's a nice achievement on its own but toxic when it comes to winning the sport's ultimate prize. As Tampa Bay won a whopping 62 games this season, lapping the field, Washington might have seen the Lightning's unfortunate fate coming.

"Typically when things are going really well for you and you're having a lot of success, at least from my...

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