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Caps still stinging from Game 2

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Down 2-0 to the Detroit Red Wings isn't the Washington Capitals most immediate problem.

It's how they lost Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final Thursday night.Not only did they blow two, two-goal leads in the third period and lose 5-4 in overtime, but they lost most of the battles against the boards, never physically challenged the Red Wings, allowed 60 shots against goaltender Olaf Kolzig and didn't pay the price needed to win an entertaining, wide-open game.

Now, the Caps will have to bounce back as they promised in the wee hours of Friday.

Working in their favor will be having Game 3 at the MCI Center Saturday night, the first time a Cup Final has been played in the nation's capital.

"We have been a resilient team all season, and yeah, it's going to be tough to bounce back," Capitals coach Ron Wilson said Friday, after an optional workout at the team's practice facility at Odenton, Md.

"That is tough psychologically to have a two-goal lead in the third period and to lose in overtime the way we did, but I trust that we will bounce back."

What the Caps have consistenly overcome in Wilson's first season as coach is injuries. The team lost 476 man-games to injury, a club record.

However, overcoming a Red Wings' club focused on winning its second straight Stanley Cup will take a lot more.

Detroit is unbeaten in nine straight against Washington dating to the 1993-94 season. In the wins in this series, the Red Wings got the victory in different ways.

On Tuesday, they grabbed a quick 2-0 and let goaltender Chris Osgood hold off the Capitals. Two nights later, it was a great third-period comeback, then the game-winner by Kris Draper in overtime, his first of the playoffs.

"We're a very confident team, and it has nothing to do with us being up 2-0," Red Wings forward Joe Kocur said.


Additional Information

Stanley Cup

Game 1

- Detroit 2, Washington 1

Game 2

- Detroit 5, Washington 4, OT

Saturday, June 13

- Detroit at Washington, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, June 16

- Detroit at Washington, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, June 18 *

- Washington at Detroit, 6 p.m. (FOX)

Saturday, June 20 *

- Detroit at Washington, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, June 23 *

- Washington at Detroit, 6 p.m. (FOX)