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The Narrative: Orpik, Special Special Teams and Rough Stuff

Three things we're talking about today when we're talking about the Caps

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1. For all of the good stuff that happened last night - at least from the Caps' side - there was one potentially bad moment when Brooks Orpik was felled by a Ryan White check:

Orpik appeared to be woozy as he left the ice and would not return to the game, diagnosed with everyone's favorite "upper-body injury" and set to be reevaluated today.

2. The Caps have dominated the special teams' battle to this point in the series, but last night it went to a whole different level as they cashed in on a franchise-record five - FIVE - power plays, bringing their series total up to eight goals on 17 chances. On the flip side, the Flyers have gone 0-for-13, including another five tonight.

It was such a lopsided affair that the Caps tried not to run up the score by using well-known power-play specialist Jay Beagle on the final man advantage of the evening... and even he scored:

Leave it to Barry Trotz to put it best...

3. Things got pretty nasty in this one. On the ice, in the stands... just ugly. It wasn't exactly a pretty game (or series) to begin with, but the bulk of the nastiness tonight started with this hit on Dmitry Orlov:

That led to a five-minute major for Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, a bunch of Flyers getting tossed, and some pissed-off Flyer fans expressing their disapproval as only they can.

Nice look, Philly.