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Caps trying to keep it positive

Perhaps Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich thinks that saying something makes it so. Or maybe he's a believer in the power of positive thinking.

Laich used the phrase "keep moving forward" over and over again -- five times in all -- on Tuesday while discussing how he and his teammates need to recover and regroup from a potentially devastating loss to the New York Rangers if the Capitals are going to avoid elimination in Game Six tonight (Ch. 5, NBCSN).

The top-seeded Rangers lead the series 3-2, one victory from reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1997, when a certain guy by the name of Wayne Gretzky was on the team.

"We want to close it out and get this over with. It's a lot easier said than done," Rangers forward Brad Richards said. "We want to be as desperate as they are."

With No. 7-seeded Washington on the verge of taking control of the semifinal series Monday night, Richards tied Game Five with less than 10 seconds left, and Marc Staal won it about 1 1/2 minutes into overtime.

"You can't really write that; that's something you can't script. You keep moving forward," Laich said. "Good breaks, bad breaks. We just keep moving forward."

As much as there might be for the Capitals to lament about how things went awry -- two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin had zero shots on goal for only the second time in 49 career NHL playoff games; Washington lost the game's last seven faceoffs; Joel Ward's double-minor penalty gave the Rangers power plays at the end of regulation and the start of overtime -- they want to do whatever it takes to forget all of it.

"Everyone's realizing that: Let's just get it out of our heads now. Let's just focus on what we need to focus on," defenseman John Carlson said. "That stuff happens. It's no one's fault. There's no one to blame."


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