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The Narrative: The Big Big Mistake, The Brink and The Chokes

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

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1. Make no mistake about it, this was a terrible play...

[Sorry, Barry, I stand corrected] ... by a guy who probably shouldn't have been in the lineup:

But the reasons you don't play Mike Weber is that he's a terrible possession player and a bad-penalty machine. He was neither last night. Weber is an easy target (and still probably the wrong play), but the whole team needed to be better, from the net on out. When you let a Kris Letang-less Pens team take you to overtime, you get what you get.

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2. And now the Caps find themselves on the brink, facing the prospect of coming up disappointingly short in the spring once again. It's not a fun place to be.

Maybe this team is at it's best with its back against the proverbial wall (though, arguably, they were at their best when this series was tied 1-1). Guess we'll find out.

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3. Playoff history is history and doesn't have an impact on present or future events. That's what we've been hearing for as long as any of us can remember. But the history (at least the recent past, which is all that would matter if anything did) shows a team that has gagged up 3-1 series leads:

You were expecting someone else?

The odds are still long, of course, those teams aren't this one and so on. But impossible it ain't.