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This round, Caps can't escape mistakes

Updated: May 14, 2009, 1:52 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- The playoffs ended the way they started for the Washington Capitals -- with a goalie change.

But know this, the goaltending was not the overriding reason for a crushing end to a disappointing playoffs for the Caps, a 6-2 Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. No, the blame is shared collectively. By the time rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov was pulled early in the second period Wednesday night after giving up his fourth goal, the shots were 18-5 Penguins.

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