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Monday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Hurricanes Game 3 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Time to rally in Raleigh.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Three things we were talking about yesterday when we were talking about the Caps. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s Game 3 battle from Vogs, NoVa Caps, Canes, and NHL, and as always be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Canes Country for the other side of the series.
  • A few leftovers from the thrilling Game 2 OT win. [Caps, video (All Access), RMNB, Canes Country (and again)]
  • No suspensions coming for the hits by Micheal Ferland and Dougie Hamilton last game. [The Score, NoVa Caps]
  • Hear from the bench boss before the team headed south. [Caps video]
  • Playoff hockey is back in Raleigh and the ‘Canes are hoping to get a boost from their Caniacs. [NHL, AP, FLM, News & Observer]
  • The first-round series are getting tight, and nasty, and there’s no such thing as taking a shift off. [AP]
  • The Caps’ top-two forwards are playing a little freaky Friday with their roles right now. [NBCSW]
  • So far Christian Djoos hasn’t gotten a ton of ice time in this series; his coach is hoping to change that. [WaPo]
  • Brooks Orpik has become something of a father figure in the locker room - and if this is his last year with the Caps, he’s making sure it counts. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • Orpik may be popular in the Caps’ room and in DC... but 13 years after a hit on Erik Cole, he is still Public Enemy #1 in Raleigh. [News & Observer]
  • Check out some of the NHL storylines from the first few games of Round 1. Drama, drama, drama. [NoVa Caps]
  • Ilya Samsonov is headed back to Hershey to help them begin their playoff push, and netminder Vitek Vanecek has been recalled to take his place with the Caps. [Caps]
  • Finally, happy 61st birthday to Keith Acton, and happy 42nd to Brian Pothier.