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Defending champion Caps seeking repeat

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Tom Wilson caught himself. He knew what was about to come out of his mouth went against years of hatred between his Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I don't know why I'm saying this, but you respect a team like Pittsburgh," the top-line right winger said. "It's so hard to win, let alone to do it twice."

The Capitals are trying to do just that after ousting the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions last spring on their way to the first title in franchise history. Now that the celebrations are over, being the champs and trying to bounce back from success are new challenges for Alex Ovechkin and Co. after year after year of playoff disappointment.

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