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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of Game 3, Orpik's suspension and more.

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  • Brooks Orpik fought the law and the law won, with the NHL handing down a three-game suspension for his hit on Olli Maatta Saturday night. [RinkWaPoWashTimesPost-Gazette (and
    again), Tribune-ReviewPensburghSBNTSSCBS SportsPuck DaddyTHW,
    APStarsandSticksRMNBDSPNoVa Caps]
  • Orpik's (then-potential) suspension was one of a couple of things we were talking about yesterday. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight's Game 3 from VogsNHL.comAPCaps Outsider, and as always, be sure to visit Pensburgh for the other side of things.
  • Hear from a couple of Caps as they touch down in Pittsburgh. [Monumental video (WinnikJohansson)]
  • To this point, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have been relatively quiet; their performance could shift the balance of the series. [WashTimes]
  • The heat is on between the Caps and Penguins, but it's come in the form of questionable hits. [AP]
  • With Orpik out through Game 5, Taylor Chorney will likely get more ice time and more work on the penalty kill, where he was very good Saturday night. [WaPo]
  • Through two games, the Caps have not been themselves. So what's the problem?
  • A few leftovers from Game 2. [Dump 'n ChaseCSNMAPensblogPost-GazetteTHW]
    • What worked, what didn't. [RinkPeerless]
    • Relive both of the goals against the Caps. [RMNB]
    • That damn goaltender interference strikes again. [NoVa Caps]
    • Rank 'em! [Rink]
  • The Penguins were going nowhere this year until a coaching change turned things around. [WaPo]
  • If he's ready to go soon, Marc-Andre Fleury can wait until the Penguins dispose of the Caps. Here's hoping he's got all summer to recuperate. [Tribune-Review]
  • Five years ago, a bad hockey night was overshadowed by a night of national triumph. [Puck Daddy]
  • After being down 2-1 in their best-of-five series against Portland, the Bears came back to win last night and now move on to face... the Penguins. Nice symmetry. [Patriot-News (and again), Stuccio]
  • Read about the hours leading up to and following the national championship title game for Caps' prospect Shane Gersich and the UND hockey team. [Grand Forks Herald]