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Monday Caps Clips: Take Two

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Two road games, two wins for the Caps, Backstrom sits again, and more.

Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Two Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Caps video (Trotz, locker room), NHL, AP, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), NBC Sports, Peerless, NoVa Caps (and again), RMNB, TBO (and again), TBT, Lightning, and Raw Charge.
  • The Caps had to bounce back - and did so with aplomb - from two pretty awful penalty calls in the first, each of which resulted in a Tampa power-play goal. [Caps Outsider, RMNB, USA Today]
  • For the third-consecutive game, the Caps were without top center Nicklas Backstrom. [NBC Sports, Reuters]
  • Whenever he’s ready to come back, he’ll be a welcome addition - but in the meantime, Lars Eller is holding down the fort and then some. [NBC Sports]
  • This team has shown incredible resiliency in the face of various obstacles, including Backstrom’s absence, so far. [WaPo]
  • Tampa hoped to be better in Game 2; the Caps actually were. [WaPo]
  • The Caps haven’t won anything yet. The Bolts haven’t lost anything yet. That said... they are not feeling so good about this loss down in Tampa. [TBO]
  • It’s okay to believe. [USA Today]
  • Congrats to John Carlson, whose assist on the game-tying goal last night gave him 13 points this postseason - a new franchise record for a defenseman. [The Score]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov is an artist, in so many ways. [Sportsnet]
  • Amid the big-name stars trading teams, the Caps’ under-the-radar acquisition of Michal Kempny likely turned their fortunes around. [NBCSW]
  • Alex Ovechkin’s hot lap rules. Which is not anywhere near as dirty as it sounds. [NBCSW, LFPress]