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Sunday Caps Clips: The One That Got Away

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Bad hits and bad play lead to a bad ending for Game Two. The series is tied at one apiece and the action moves to Steeltown.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • These were the thinks we were thinking before the game started. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday's loss from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Williams, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Niskanen, Sullivan, Pens room), NHL.com, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW (gamer, blog), WashTimes, CBS Sports, ESPN, Puck Daddy, Sportsnet, RMNB (gamer, game blogs), Frankovic, DSP, NVC (and again) and from the PIT bench, Tribune-Review, PPG and PensBurgh.
    • Brooks Orpik has some 'splainin' to do and probably a date with the Department of Player Safety after his high, late hit early in the first period sent Olli Maata down the tunnel for the rest of the game. [WaPo, CSNW, Puck Daddy, NVC, WashTimes, PHT]
    • "The Capitals haven’t played particularly well, and yet they’re still even in the series. A couple more efforts like Saturdays, and that’s likely to change for the worse." [WaPo]
    • "The password is 'desperation'." [WashTimes, USA Today]
    • Best and worst, Bog-style. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Notes from the Pens' end of the ice:
    • Eric Fehr enjoyed scoring that goal, yesiree. Dammit. [RMNB, WashTimes]
    • Calm, cool, and collected 'Guins. [ESPN]
  • A couple notes from pregame:
    • Tom Wilson addressed the fine he was assessed and asserted that he realizes he's playing under a microscope. [WaPo]
    • Karl Alzner took a "maintenance morning" and we learned that it was likely that Dmitry Orlov was out and Taylor Chorney in. [WaPo]
  • Farm report:
    • The Hershey Bears forced Game Five with a 2-0 victory over the Portland Pirates. Puck drops today at 5:00 for all the marbles - the winner moves on to Round Two. [Patriot-News]
    • The South Carolina Stingrays evened up their second-round seven-game series with the Adirondack Thunder at one game apiece with a 1-0 victory. Game Three is on Tuesday in New York. [@DarenStolzfus]
    • Congrats are in order for Caps prospect Tim McGauley , whose Brandon Wheat Kings claimed the WHL Eastern Conference title on Friday. In 16 playoff games, he is 8-13-21, plus-5. Brandon will face the Western champs Seattle Thunderbirds (coached by Steve Konowalchuk) for the WHL crown and a berth in the Memorial Cup Tournament. [WHL.ca]
  • Happy 46th birthday to Reggie Savage and happy 55th to Clint Malarchuk.