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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Leafs manage to squeak out a 2OT win, but lose another blueliner, and it’s 1-1 headed back to Toronto.

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Toronto Maple Leafs v Washington Capitals - Game Two Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's double OT loss from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Caps locker room, Babcock, Leafs locker room), Sportsnet, Puck Daddy, PHT, WaPo (recap, best and worst), WashTimes, CP, Peerless, NoVa Caps, RMNB, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, and PPP.
  • The Maple Leafs are not going away easily. [WaPo]
  • The first period of last night's game featured a bevy of calls against the Caps, and they were... well, Tim Peel. [CSNMA]
  • Brian Boyle: New team, same old ass. [The Score]
  • Those damn cowbells. [Puck Daddy, Caps Outsider]
  • This series could come down to defensive depth, or lack thereof... [WaPo]
  • ...so that makes the loss of Roman Polak for the rest of the playoffs potentially even more of a blow than it already was. Also, ouch. [Puck Daddy, PPP, The Score]
  • Well, there will be a Game 5 - which means there will be no Chris Brown concert at Verizon Center Friday night. There's that silver lining. [RMNB]
  • Is it time for the Caps and their fans to panic? (Hint: No.) [WaPo]
  • Is it time for the Leafs and their fans to plan the parade? If you read this stuff, you might think so (but again... no.) [PPP, Toronto Sun]
  • Don't try to tell the Caps that they're favorites or that the Leafs are underdogs. [CSNMA]
  • Especially since the toughest opponent the Caps will ever face is themselves. [FRS]
  • The Caps were feeling pretty calm ahead of Game 2. [Rink]
  • More updates from pregame practice. [Monumental video (Trotz, locker room, Rinkside Update/Kuznetsov)]
  • In Game 1, the Caps' top line was oddly quiet; Barry Trotz wanted more from them (and got it in Game 2, fwiw). [CSNMA]
  • When Nicklas Backstrom was an NHL rookie, he spent a lot of time with the Nylander family; now one of the little Nylanders is a rookie in his own right. [Sportsnet]
  • All of the Leafs' youngsters are potentially dangerous, but so far it's Mitch Marner doing the most damage. [WaPo]
  • He's had to, because Evgeny Kuznetsov has been doing a pretty great job at shutting down Auston Matthews. [Rink]
  • Looking back at Justin Williams' long and storied history of being a playoff hero. [THW]
  • The playoffs are a time for heroes who are much more unlikely than a guy like Williams - Tom Wilson, for example. [WUSA9]
  • Great story about play-by-play man Dave Strader and how calling NHL playoff games is providing an escape from his chemo. Best wishes to you, sir. [WaPo]
  • Take a peek behind the curtain at the man who gets the Caps - and their gear, families, and whatever else they need - from Point A to Point B. [SUNY Cortland]