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Monday Caps Clips: On the Edge

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Barzal’s OT winner pushes Caps to a 0-3 series hole.

New York Islanders v Washington Capitals - Game Three Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • If you missed it over the weekend, the state of things - even before yesterday’s OT loss - was... less than good. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday’s defeat in overtime from us, Vogs, Caps video (Reirden, Ovechkin/Carlson, Wilson/Holtby, recap), NHL, Isles, AP, NBC Sports, WaPo, WashTimes, NBCSW (and again), Newsday, NoVa Caps (and again), StarsandSticks, RMNB, and Lighthouse Hockey.
  • Yet again, the Caps’ offense simply withered away and died - and because of that, they’re facing an early end to their playoff run. [NHL]
  • The few times they did break through yesterday - including one key stop in overtime - former Cap Semyon Varlamov was there to shut the door. [Isles, NY Post, Newsday]
  • Of course, now that the Caps are facing elimination (with a long, uphill battle required to get out of that position)... they have nothing to lose. [ESPN, NBCSW]
  • Tom Wilson may be in the collective heads of the Islanders, but their head coach is in the head of Todd Reirden - and it shows. [WaPo]
  • Prior to Game 3, Reirden made a couple of - let’s go with “interesting” - lineup changes; one of the biggest issues, though, was the glaring absence of #19. [NBCSW]
  • The list of teams that have erased a 0-3 hole in the NHL playoffs is, well, not long. [NBCSW]
  • Alan May walks us through what the Caps need to do if they want to be added to that very short list. [NBCSW]
  • Since arriving in Toronto a few weeks ago, Alex Ovechkin has been thinking about friend and good luck charm Alex Luey, who sadly passed away in December. [NBCSW]
  • Finally, happy 63rd birthday to Pete Peeters, and happy 35th to Troy Brouwer.