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Laich, Erat will not play for Capitals in Game 7

Monday, 05.13.2013 / 6:25 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Capitals-Rangers series blog

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Laich, Erat will not play for Capitals in Game 7

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates said there may be one change to his lineup for Game 7 Monday night at Verizon Center, but he did not disclose what it would be.

"We're waiting to see," Oates said.

However, Oates did confirm that injured forwards Brooks Laich and Martin Erat will not play. He also said Mike Green, who was roughed up in the scrum after the final buzzer in Game 6 Sunday, is fine.

The Capitals are confident having Game 7 in their own building, where they are 3-0 in this series and 10-1 against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since Game 5 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

"We're going to talk about trying to control our emotions," Oates said. "It's our building, our crowd, it's going to be exciting and you know what, you've gotta be able to try and take that energy in and just control yourself."

The Capitals also have to have short memories. They were steaming after Game 6, a 1-0 loss, because of perceived missed calls by the officials, including accusations that Derek Dorsett slew-footed Mike Green late in the third period. Green instead was called for a retaliatory cross-checking penalty.

Washington did not have a single power play in Game 6. The Rangers were 0-for-5.

"You've gotta park it," Capitals forward Jason Chimera said of putting Game 6 behind them. "You've gotta go back and, I guess, reset yourself and kind of move on. Every game is not going to be like that. It's not going to be 5-0 [in power play chances] every time. So you've gotta work hard.

"We can't take dumb penalties either, the retaliatory penalties," he added. "You can't take those. You're not going to win games doing that. We know that and we'll be better for it [Monday]."

More to come.

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