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Capitals’ Keith Aucoin on D&C: ‘You could see the hate’ in Game 3 04.18.12 at 11:19 am ET
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Capitals center Keith Aucoin joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss his team’s series against the Bruins and his experience growing up in the Boston area.

Aucoin may have grown up playing hockey in Waltham and Chelmsford, but now he plays on an enemy line as far as Bruins fans are concerned as the B’s and Capitals square off in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Aucoin and the Capitals returned home with the series tied heading into Game 3, but the Bruins were able to snag a victory, something that Aucoin said was because the Bruins simplified their game.

“I think they kept the game a lot more simple,” Aucoin said. “They were a lot more physical than they were in Game 1 and 2, and I think they kind of wore us down a bit toward the end of the game. They turned the puck over, which is what they key on.

“They got us off our game a little bit, and after the whistles stopped there was a lot of extracurricular activity. We have to make sure we stay away from that and that’€™s what we did in Games 1 and 2.”

When asked if the physical play of Game 3 was a sign of things to come, if the series may take an ugly turn as it has in many series around the NHL, Aucoin said that these kinds of actions are what happen when two teams have prolonged exposure to each other in such a condensed period of time.

“I think that’€™s what happens in a series,” Aucoin said. “[In] Game 1 there wasn’€™t much at all, and Game 2 a little bit more and Game 3 a little bit more. As the games go on, you get sick of each other and you grow tired of each other. You never know what can happen. You could see the hate going in Game 3.”

The Capitals suffered a tough setback to their hopes to rebound from their Game 3 loss when it was announced that Nicklas Backstrom would be suspended for Game 4 for his cross-check on Rich Peverley at the end of the game. Though Backstrom’s absence will certainly make things tougher for the Capitals, Aucoin said that the team can possibly rally around it.

” I think the guys have to rally around each other and go out there and figure out a way to win,” Aucoin said. “Tomorrow’€™s a must-win game for us, so we can’€™t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to go out there and somebody’€™s got to step up.

“[For] the last month and a half before the playoffs started we’€™ve been playing playoff hockey. We have to figure out a way to do it again and rally. We’€™re a team that’€™s rallied around each other all year and it’€™s been fun to be a part of.”

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