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A look at how the Caps’ secret weapon has stepped up when needed

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

8 - Number of points earned by Lars Eller this postseason when either Nicklas Backstrom or Evgeny Kuznetsov has been out with injury. In the roughly five full games without the team’s top two centers, Eller has stepped up in a big way, with four goals and four assists over that span - including three points last night after Kuznetsov left the game.

Eller is now up to six goals and 17 points in the team’s 21 games overall this postseason, after going 6-17-23 in his previous 50 playoff games.

“He’s a guy who is kind of our secret weapon.” - Alex Ovechkin