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Editor's note: The Washington Post and NESN.com are teaming up for an NHL playoffs edition of Across Enemy Lines. Doug Flynn answered the Post's Bruins questions, and Tarik El-Bashir answered our Capitals questions. Below are Tarik's answers. Playoff hockey is back, and it returns to TD Garden in Boston on Thursday night as the Bruins continue their Stanley Cup defense against the Washington Capitals. The Caps come into Boston in an unfamiliar position. The No. 7 club in the Eastern Conference, the Capitals are used to being a high seed when the playoffs start. They're also used to disappointing, early...
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