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Monday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Maple Leafs Game 3 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps head north to take back control of the series as Game 3 awaits.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of Game 3 from Vogs, WaPo, NoVa Caps, and as always be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Pension Plan Puppets for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Barry Trotz and Mike Babcock share a healthy level of respect for one another - but now that they're facing each other, it's game on. [Toronto Star]
  • Tom Wilson is ready and willing to play the villain against his childhood team as the series shifts to TO. [AP]
  • Pundits and fans might have been predicting a short series, but the Caps knew what they were facing in the Leafs. [WaPo, RMNB]
  • That said, with the series tied, they still don't doubt their ability to ultimately come out on top. [Toronto Sun]
  • No skate yesterday, but Trotz spoke to the media via conference call ahead of Game 3. [Monumental video]
  • If they're going to do so, they may need to stop being stubborn and make some changes. [WNST]
  • A few leftovers from Game 2. [Rink Rank, Dump 'n Chase, Peerless]
  • Bad bounces, worse luck... yup, the Caps are back in the playoffs. [RMNB, CSNMA]
  • Facts and figures from the first two games of this series. [PPP]
  • And now from the "Toronto won one game and are now the greatest team ever" side of the media:
  • The loss of Roman Polak leaves a weakened blue line even weaker... [Slam]
  • ...or does it? (Yeah, no, it does.) [Toronto Star]
  • Of course, the return of Nikita Zaitsev would help and that could happen as soon as tonight. [CP, TSN]
  • Speed kills. [ESPN]
  • The Leafs are looking to build on their Game 2 win and take a series lead. [Globe and Mail]
  • Frederik Andersen > Braden Holtby? [CP]
  • A couple of the Leafs rookies have NHL bloodlines that will make all of us feel ancient. [WaPo, News & Observer]
  • Toronto says "thank you, Kessel". [Slam]