Capitals players Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson prepared for Game 4 of their first round playoff series against the Hurricanes with cup checks. 

You have to make sure the boys are protected before you take the ice.  You really don’t want to take a puck there without protection.

The extra precaution didn’t help the Caps win the game and the Hurricanes were able to tie the series at two games apiece with a 2-1 win. 

There going to have to step up those cup checks if they want to hold off the Hurricanes.

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