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Capitals players shave hair, beards ahead of Game 4 vs. Isles

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New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) defends the net as Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) scores a goal while New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) skates for the puck in the second period in game four.
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Hockey players are notorious for growing out their burly beards for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. But with the Capitals facing elimination in Game 4 of their first round series against the Islanders, desperate times called for desperate measures. 

Jakub Vrana buzzed his head, Evgeny Kuznetsov took it a step further and shaved his head bald, while both T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin both shaved their beards to sport some goatees ahead of the all-important elimination game. 

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It seemed to work its superstitious magic in the second period, as Kuznetsov and Ovechkin both scored in a matter of a few minutes to tie the game at two goals apiece. 

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With everything going New York's way so far this series, who knew the key to defying the odds and coming back from a 0-3 hole was the clippers. 

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Anything to avoid the dreaded sweep!