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Wednesday Caps Clips: Backstrom, Babygate and Big Bad Bruins

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  • On the Nicklas Backstrom match penalty, automatic one-game suspension and subsequent hearing:
  • Regardless of where you stand on the Backstrom hit, I think we can all agree that the Caps lost their composure a bit down the stretch in Game 3. [Ted's Take, Japers' Rink, KOL, RtR, NESN]
  • Yep, things have escalated quickly. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • "Teh Capz r durrty like there coach!!1!" Least-surprising article of the day. [BHerald]
  • Taking a closer look at the goat rodeo that was Boston's second goal in Game 3. [BS]
  • Braden Holtby is no longer impregnable. Panic time? [DCEx, Sick Unbelievable]
  • Not much outrage over this blown call (though we'll sit and wait for the League's apology). [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of officiating, why didn't Karl Alzner get tagged with a third-man in for his part in that [awesome term alert] "three-way hate triangle"? [TSN]
  • And speaking of Alzner, he apologized to Brad Marchand for... something. Because he's one of the last good ones. [ESPN Boston, NESN]
  • Babygate! [WaPo, Capital Games, RMNB, Deadspin, CSNNE, NESN (with an even sillier post here)]
  • Last Alzner note: like their respective head coaches, Alzner and Milan Lucic were once teammates. Small world. [NHL.com]
  • The Bruins won the battles in front in Game 3 and that was that. [CSNNE (with more on Boston stepping up at WaPo)]
  • Dennis Seidenberg is digging his smash-'em-up matchup with Alex Ovechkin. Freak. [NHL.com, ESPN Boston, SB Nation DC (GIF)]
  • The B's big guy came up big in Game 3. [CSNNE]
  • But where's Tyler Seguin? (Other than getting pooped on, that is.) [ESPN Boston, CSNNE]
  • If hockey doesn't work out for Marchand, there's always this. [D.C. Sports Bog, Puck Daddy, Capitals Outsider]
  • And c'mon, Chimmer. Even though it's Marchand, you've gotta steer clear of the no-fly zone. [NESN]
  • Yep, it's a grind. [Capitals Overtime]
  • The Caps are who we thought they were. [OFB]
  • So maybe it's time to turn to some deep depth. [DSP, KOL, Capitals 101]
  • And the more things change, the more they stay the same. [Fanspeak]
  • Leftovers from the "Trolling Tim Thomas with Obama" party. [Grantland, RMNB, DC Sports Bog (and again)]
  • Maybe it's time for the Caps to bust out the hit stick. [DC Sports Bog]
  • And Gio Gonzalez is awesome. [DC Sports Bog]
  • It was a multi-tasking Monday night for some D.C. sports fans. [Washingtonian]
  • Oh, playoff hockey, you so crazy. [SB Nation]
  • Thirty-seven years and counting. [Peerless]
  • Here's what's happening up in Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • If you pledge my beard for Beard-A-Thon I'll be your best friend. F'real. [Japers' Beard]
  • Finally, happy 34th birthday to Boyd Kane and happy 35th to Sebastien Charpentier.
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