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If the Washington Capitals have to face a Game 7, then let it be in Boston. There’s no better place for a visiting team that is haunted by its own playoff ghosts than a trip to New England, where curses revive themselves and any excuse for pessimism is greeted like a regional holiday.

If the Caps think that their fans sometimes cast a pall of anticipatory despair over them in crucial games, then they should remember that the Bruins operate under a similar and permanent handicap. Yes, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup last season after 20 years of, mostly, mediocrity. But, seriously, can one success erase New England’s 392-year-old disposition?

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