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Tuesday Caps Clips: Call the Exorcist

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Another overtime loss has the Caps behind the underdog Leafs, blueliners shuffle and more.

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Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Three

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Why Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov are a valuable duo on the back end for the Caps. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on yet another overtime game from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room),, Puck Daddy, AP, PHT, WaPo (recap, 5 takeaways), WashTimes, CSNMA (recap, 3 observations), NoVa Caps, RMNB, Peerless, RDS, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and PPP.
  • Yeah, the Caps probably deserved to lose that one. [RMNB]
  • They could also use a good exorcism because here come those demons. [, Toronto Star]
  • In between naps and coloring, the Maple Leafs' young'uns are leading the way. [Toronto Sun, The Score]
  • Could they lead the way to an upset? Maybe, maybe not, but they're certainly punching up. [USA Today, Puck Daddy]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, locker room, Rinkside Update/Carlson; Babcock)]
  • The biggest news of the morning was on the blueline, where Karl Alzner was not skating and eventually missed what would have been his 600th straight game. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • Taking Alzner's place was Nate Schmidt. Was his 2017 playoff debut the boost the Caps needed? Well... almost. [WaPo]
  • The Leafs also had a change on defense, with Nikita Zaitsev returning to make his playoff debut. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • Brooks Orpik made sure to check in with Roman Polak after the hit that indirectly caused Polak's injury. [Toronto Sun]
  • Blueliners were one of the three things we were talking about yesterday when we were talking about the Caps. [Rink]
  • Is it time to PANIC?!?!?!??!?!?! [WaPo, SI]
  • Perhaps not, but adjustments are definitely needed. [WaPo, NoVa Caps]
  • Winning a faceoff now and then might not be a bad idea, either. [NoVa Caps]
  • Just how important is playoff experience? [ESPN($)]
  • Tom Wilson's Toronto-based family is learning what it's like to be a DC fan. [WaPo]
  • This town is a depressing place to be a sports fan. Y'know, in case you hadn't noticed yet. [CSNMA]
  • Both sides seem to be doing well in the wake of the Kevin Shattenkirk trade. [National Post]
  • Why it's Maple Leafs and not Maple Leaves. Grammar is fun! [WaPo]