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Brian MacLellan doesn't want Capitals to force Ovechkin's 700th goal

ARLINGTON — New acquisition Brenden Dillon hasn’t arrived in Washington yet, but Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan fielded questions about the trade Wednesday morning and said the team was pursuing a top-4 defenseman regardless of the Capitals’ recent slump.

“No, I think we wanted to do that anyway, the top-4 D,” MacLellan said. “I think we have a good team that’s not playing the right way, and we need to find the right way to play.”

The Capitals are 10-10-0 in their last 20 games, including 4-6-0 with 36 goals allowed in 10 games since the All-Star break.