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Oilers now have playoff experience under their belts

EDMONTON—In the forthcoming battle of Orange Crush versus Orange County, the Edmonton Oilers say they no longer can be characterized as “green.”

“We've got playoff experience now. We just went through a round,” centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said yesterday after practice at Rogers Place.

“It gives usa confidence now that we're a legit team and we can play against anybody.”

Nationals' win streak hits seven

NEW YORK—As usual, Daniel Murphy was diplomatic about all the damage he's done to the N.Y. Mets since they let him leave as a free agent.

Max Scherzer knows that's just a mirage.

“He wants to beat their brains in,” Scherzer noted.

“He won't say anything, and he won't say anything to us—it's not like he's in here boasting that he wants to beat the Mets,” he reasoned.

Nats sweep

ATLANTA—Ryan Zimmerman has faced R.A. Dickey enough to know what to expect from his knuckleball.

“I don't want to say it's comfortable because when he's got a good one going, it's not easy,” he remarked.

“[But] having faced him a few times before, you at least know what to expect.”