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Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Maple Leafs Game 4 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Gulp.

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Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Three

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Rink reading: Narratives (Part One, Part Two), Rink Rank.
  • Previews of Game 4 between the Caps and Leafs from Vogs (plus game notes), WaPo, NHL.com, AP, Stars and Sticks and NoVa Caps, and be sure to check in - tonight and throughout the series - with our frenemies over at Pension Plan Puppets for all of the coverage from the Toronto side.
  • Coach Trotz is going to find more ice time for Alex Ovechkin. Pinky swear! [CSNMA, NHL.com, CBS DC]
  • Maybe he should find a way to get Ovi away from “superpest” Leo Komarov. [Sportsnet]
  • Karl Alzner has been ruled out for tonight’s game... [WaPo, CSNMA]
  • ... as has Leafs defenseman Roman Polak, who has had season-ending surgery on his right leg following his injury in Game Two. [NHL.com]
  • Digging thru the Caps’ Game Four history for signs of hope. [WaPo]
  • And now to the heart of the matter. Behold the Woe Is Us files:
  • The Cousins survey the rubbled post-Game Three landscape. [Peerless]
  • The #fancystats (and scoring chances against) tell a troubled tale. [WaPo, RMNB]
  • Yes, the Leafs are playing well, but mainly because the Caps are letting them. [SI.com, TSN (audio), Globe and Mail]
  • Winning, on and off the ice. [Toronto Star]
  • Youth and speed. [Globe and Mail]
  • Bob McKenzie is not surprised that the Leafs forwards are able to keep up with the Capitals, but what is surprising is the fact Toronto's D hasn't broken down. [TSN.ca (audio)]
  • How the Leafs shattered the Caps in Game Three... and where the series goes now. [WaPo]
  • Owning the big moments. Or not. [Sportsnet]
  • When bad things happen to good hockey teams. [WashTimes (Loverro)]
  • We’ve seen this movie before. [NHL.com]
  • In happier news, the South Carolina Stingrays have tied up their series with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at two games apiece. [Caps Outsider]