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Kovacevic: Depth, anyone? Kessel? Brassard? … Sprong?

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Conor Sheary gets double-teamed by Michal Kempny and John Carlson. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

WASHINGTON -- For all that went awry for the Penguins in their 4-1 loss to the Capitals on Sunday, nothing felt like a greater worry, at least from this perspective, than Washington's edge in four-line forward depth.

That was supposed to be the other way around, remember?

And it still should, over the course of this Stanley Cup playoff series.

But for now, through two split games, the Capitals have gotten meaningful contributions from their third and fourth lines -- not least of which were goals Sunday by fringe left wingers Brett Connolly and Jakub Vrana -- while the Penguins got ... got ... hang on, I'll dig up something ... oh, yeah, next to nothing.

[caption id="attachment_621223" align="aligncenter" width="440"] TAP ABOVE FOR BOXSCORE[/caption]

And not just from their third and fourth lines, but the second, too. Let's name all nine names:

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