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Thursday Caps Clips: To the Brink

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Bad bounces, bad calls, and bad play sink the Caps again as they fall to 1-3 in the series

Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Four Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Six things we were talking about yesterday when we were talking about the Caps. [Rink (morning, afternoon)]
  • The Caps have had their offensive struggles this postseason, but perhaps no one more than Andre Burakovsky. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room), NHL.com, SI, AP, Puck Daddy, PHT, WaPo (with Best & Worst), CSNMA, NoVa Caps, RMNB, Post-Gazette (and again), Tribune-Review and Pensburgh.
  • Both teams were missing some of their top guys; the difference was that the Caps' top guys were at least on the ice. [NHL.com, ESPN, The Score]
  • The Penguins did have one top guy out there - Marc-Andre Fleury, who continues to be the biggest reason the Pens are up in this series. [Puck Daddy]
  • Poor Dmitry Orlov. And all of us. [Puck Daddy, RMNB]
  • There were some... questionable calls in this one. [CSNMA, RMNB]
  • But as always seems to be the case, the Caps' toughest opponent? Themselves. [WaPo, and again]
  • No more excuses. [FRS]
  • Updates from yesterday's pregame practice. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, Caps locker room, Sullivan)
  • Sifting through the aftermath of the Matt Niskanen - Sidney Crosby hit. [WaPo, CSNMA, NoVa Caps]
  • Life without Crosby. [Puck Daddy, FiCP, WaPo, Pensburgh, Mr. Irrelevant]
  • With this concussion, his fourth, the not-yet 30-year-old Crosby is being urged by some observers to hang up his skates. [NJ.com, CTV]
  • Ten bucks says Don Cherry, king of defending goonery, sings a different tune on the hit if the roles are reversed. [WaPo]
  • Phil Kessel receives incomplete information, laughably calls Jay Beagle an idiot, Beagle responds with a Mario Kart challenge because Beagle > Kessel. [WaPo, CSNMA, WashTimes, Puck Daddy, Post-Gazette]
  • The one thing you can always count on is that Pens fans will remain even-keeled and rational. [WaPo]
  • Hark! A faint, plaintive cry for sanity from the Steel City! [Post-Gazette]
  • Of course, as much as we enjoy Beagle off the ice, it would help if he - and his linemates - started scoring on it. [StarsandSticks]
  • The Caps and Sidney Crosby: forever linked in a hellish circle of misunderstanding and concussions. [WaPo]
  • His Kelowna season over, Caps' prospect Lucas Johansen is on his way to Hershey to make his pro debut. [KelownaNow]
  • The Bears kick off their second round this weekend, and will need to get things sorted out at home to get past Providence. [Patriot-News]
  • Youth hockey participation is way up this year - and a good chunk of that participation is coming from the DC area. [NHL.com]
  • 15 years after the old barn was demolished, those who worked at and spent time in the Capital Centre are invited to a "family reunion". [NoVa Caps]
  • Seems fitting that a Caps-themed sneaker would be one called a Ventilator. [SneakerNews]