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Sunday Caps Clips: To the Edge

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A slow start dooms the Caps to a Game 5 loss and their first taste of potential elimination, “brink” becomes everyone’s favorite word, and more.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s loss from Vogs, Caps video (Trotz, locker room, Caps365), NHL, AP, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), Frankovic, Peerless, NoVa Caps, RMNB, and Raw Charge.
  • It was a rough start from everyone, but Matt Niskanen put the blame squarely on his own shoulders. [NBCSW, The Score]
  • That rough start for the Caps translated into an eventual win for the Bolts, as Tampa’s early surge was the difference... [NHL, TBO]
  • ...with the Caps staging a strong but ultimately futile push in the remaining 40 minutes. [TBO]
  • Yeah, it’s never good when the other team’s fourth line runs your show for a little while. Embarrassing. [WaPo, TBO]
  • So now the biggest game of the year - and for many, including the captain, of their career - awaits. [NHL, WaPo]
  • Somehow the fact that no one expected the Caps to be here in the first place doesn’t cancel out the potential for massive heartbreak as far as local media is concerned. [WaPo]
  • Have the Caps used up all of their good fortune just getting to this point? [WaPo]
  • One bright spot from the loss is that birthday boy Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up a goal to establish a new franchise record in playoff points. [Sporting News]
  • Before the game, Barry Trotz made a small lineup change: Andre Burakovsky out, Alex Chiasson in, and Nicklas Backstrom back on the second line. [NHL, NBCSW, The Score]
  • This was written before Game 5, but the sentiment still holds true: keep the faith. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 72nd birthday to Craig Patrick.