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Caps defensemen punished early, survive late

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The Rangers were relentless. Time and again in the first 10 minutes of Monday’s Eastern Conference semifinal game with the Capitals, a defenseman would chase a puck behind the net and get plastered to the end boards. Washington’s Mike Green seemed to be a target. He usually is for teams hoping to wear him down in the playoffs and a shaky first period showed New York’s plan was working...

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