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Tom Wilson has an issue with penalties. He draws a ton and commits a ton. On Tuesday he caught a kneeing penalty in the second period. No worries: the Capitals killed it with ease.

But immediately after leaving the Willy bin, Wilson executed the biggest hit we’ve seen these playoffs.

Poor Lubomir Visnovsky, repeated concussion victim, was skating with his head down and hunched over. Wilson stopped moving his legs but didn’t shy away from the hit.

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Warning: This post could be upsetting for some.

There was a scary moment late in the first period. Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik took an errant John Carlson skate blade to the face after Carlson fell down in the slot. Carlson’s left skate blade appeared to strike Orpik in the right cheek and mouth area. Orpik left the ice under his own power, running straight down the tunnel for the Caps locker room.

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Photo: Greg Fiume

With Braden Holtby sick on Friday night, top prospect goaltender Philipp Grubauer made a spot start for the Capitals in game two. The Caps won the game 4-3, but in the process, Grubauer’s kryptonite might have been exposed: high shots to the glove side.

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When the Caps played the Pens a few months ago, Alex Ovechkin slashed Kris Letang in the ankles, sending that game into pure chaos. On the next face-off, Chris Kunitz infinitely cross-checked Ovechkin. The Russian machine responded with infinite laughter.

It seems like Ovechkin’s best buddy Evgeny Kuznetsov learned from that example. On Sunday, Tyler Kennedy shoved Kuzy and was greeted with a laugh.

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Breaking Down the Islanders’ OTGWG in Game Three

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The Washington Capitals lost just fifteen seconds into overtime of game three, and it was totally preventable.

After a comedy of errors and poor decisions by the Capitals, John Tavares chipped a loose puck over Braden Holtby‘s shoulder to give the Islanders a 2-1 series lead.

I asked former Caps blogger Eric Rigsby– a coach, an ex-college club player, and current Old Fat Bald Guys hockey player– to break down the play for us.

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If you’re a child, please X this post out and ask mommy or daddy to explain what he said.

After the game, Cal Clutterbuck noticed NBC’s cameras were on him, so he uttered some nasty words for Alex Ovechkin.

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Nicklas Backstrom just scored another game-tying goal. Today it came as the Caps were six minutes away from losing 1-0 to the Islanders.

Backstrom just shot it through a maze of players. Jaro Halak, screened, was eluded.

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Scary moment, but a false alarm. First, Eric Fehr went down after a shoulder hit by Kyle Okposo, then Marcus Johansson suffered what could have been a bad injury from Cal Clutterbuck.

(Mojo’s okay now. Deep breaths, everybody.)

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During game three on Sunday, Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr absorbed a clean, shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Islanders forward Kyle Okposo. Fehr, who has a history of shoulder injuries, was pressed into the boards, his right shoulder first.

He left the game. His return is questionable.

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