Caps showing mental toughness

Updated: May 5, 2012, 7:42 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- A year and a day ago, the Washington Capitals were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a series that seemed to begin and end at almost the same time, and it was a series that seemed to sum up perfectly the Capitals' perplexing inability to respond to adversity.

From a bad line change that led to a Vincent Lecavalier goal to defensive breakdowns and individual play, that series against Tampa reinforced the widely held notion that as talented as they might be the Caps had ...

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