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Their much-anticipated playoff showdown in the Eastern Conference semifinals opened in Washington with Crosby and Ovechkin trading goals. But it was Simeon Varlamov, the Capitals' rookie goalie, who stole the show and the win. Varlamov made 34 saves, including a dazzling diving desperation stop on Crosby that preserved a 2-2 tie late in the second period. Tomas Fleischmann scored with 18:14 to go in the third to give the Capitals a 3-2 win.

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