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Prediction recap: Crosby injury tosses Game 3 on its head

Prediction recap: Crosby injury tosses Game 3 on its head

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost Sidney Crosby and the game on Monday as the Caps finally earned their first win of the series.

Here's a recap of the three bold predictions for Game 3.

1. Sidney Crosby will have a multipoint game - Push

Crosby left the game just over five minutes into the game after a hit from Matt Niskanen. Who knows how he would have played over the course of the night, but I am not going to mark this one as wrong when Crosby didn’t even last half a period.

RELATED: Sullivan sidesteps questions about Niskanen's hit on Crosby

2. There will be a fight - Wrong

This will be the last time I make this prediction in the playoffs. Nobody is willing to drop the gloves in the postseason anymore. That’s just the way it is. There’s bad blood between these two teams even before Crosby was knocked out of the game. Yet, both teams did just about everything they could except fight.

3. Washington will outshoot Pittsburgh in the first period by at least 2-to-1 - Wrong

Despite the team meeting and despite the Penguins being without Crosby, Washington led the shots on goal margin just 9-8 after the first 20 minutes. A five-minute major to Niskanen didn’t help.

2017 Results: The loss of Crosby changed the trajectory of the game and my predictions went out the window.

Correct: 10
Wrong: 15
Push: 2

MORE CAPITALS: Niskanen addresses hit that knocked Crosby out of the game

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

In this week's mailbag podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir answer several questions about the Caps' prospects and Hershey.

How does the future look on the farm? Plus, they talk about potential weaknesses, their biggest surprises and more!

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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