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Monday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 3 Game Day

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Game 3 against the Canadiens from Vogs (and again), Ed Frankovic, Peerless and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Habs Eyes On The Prize for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • Notes, quotes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's day off (short version: no word on the Game 3 starter, the second line needs to be better, and Gabby had no desire to throw the team's top D-pair under the bus). [CI, CI, Dan Rosen, DCEx, Caps In Pictures]
  • Breaking down Game 2's goals. [EOTP]
  • How the Caps are coping (or not coping) with Montreal's trap. [Corey Masisak]
  • Questioning the timing of Scott Gomez's fight (which became Tom Poti's fight). [Montreal Gazette]
  • Team Jose. [RMNB, Mike Wise]
  • Team Varly? [Barry Svrluga, OFB]
  • At one game apiece, some of the focus shifts to the coaches. [Habs Inside/Out]
  • Steve Kolbe's call of Nicklas Backstrom's game-winner. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • Montreal bench boss Jacques Martin believes he got "solid" goaltending from Jaroslav Halak in Game 2. Hopefully it continues to be as solid going forward. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Speaking of Halak, he was a little shaky there at the end of Game 2... but was he a little shaky after the first goal as well? [D.C. Sports Bog, D.C. Landing Strip, CBC, Dan Rosen]
  • How are the Caps tied in a series with a team that's pining for the return of Glen Metropolit? [Montreal Gazette]
  • Lest you think Caps fans have cornered the market on tinfoil hats, take a peek north of the border. [The Province]
  • Predicting playoff success. [D.C. Landing Strip]
  • Finally, per the HHoF, on this date back in 2004, "Jose Theodore recorded his first career playoff shutout in the Montreal's 2-0 win over the Bruins at Boston, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals. It was only the fourth game 7 road shutout in NHL playoff history." An omen?