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Oates wants Capitals to get off to fast start

by Dan Rosen

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals Adam Oates admitted prior to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Friday night that he's "worried" about how his team will be at the start of the game. He pointed to the starts each team had as being a difference between the Capitals winning Games 1 and 2 at Verizon Center and losing to the New York Rangers in Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden.

"We have to come out and have a good start and not let them feel that they're into the game and do our best to neutralize then, and then we'll be fine," Oates said.

Oates later clarified his remarks, saying he wasn't necessarily concerned about the Capitals being bad at the start of the game, but rather that he doesn't want them to play tight. He said he watched Game 5 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders on Thursday and thought the Penguins were tight to start the game.

"They got through it and they got into their game," Oates said. "I'm a little bit worried about that. You've got your home crowd, which should give you life, but you've got to make good decisions with the puck. Let's get it in, get our legs and get into the rhythm of the game."

Here are the lineups each team will use at the start of Game 5:


Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Eric Fehr - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - Mike Green

John Erskine - John Carlson

Jack Hillen - Steve Oleksy

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth


Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan

Ryane Clowe - Brad Richards - Rick Nash

Brian Boyle - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello

Taylor Pyatt - Derek Dorsett - Arron Asham

Dan Girardi - Ryan McDonagh

Anton Stralman - John Moore

Michael Del Zotto - Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

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