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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs Game 3: Reaction To Capitals' Game 3 Loss

The Washington Capitals led for a pretty large portion of Game 3 against the Bruins on Tuesday, but a late goal by Boston earned them a 4-3 loss and a 2-1 series deficit. They'll play one more game in Washington before heading back up north to Boston for Game 5. Our Capitals blog Japers' Rink has some thoughts on the game.

If you were willing to describe the first two games the Caps and Bruins played as coin flips, then this one wasn’t much different. But it was the Bruins who were a touch more opportunistic, taking advantage of defensive zone breakdowns, amping up the physicality, and running up four goals en route to a 4-3 win and a 2-1 series advantage. It’s a loss the Caps will lament if they don’t pull this series out, having been up 2-1 halfway through the game before getting sloppy and allowing the Bruins to regain their stride.

The Capitals can even things up at two before heading back up to Boston, which could make Game 5 very interesting. If they fail to win Game 4, then it could be the last game they play in Washington this season.

We'll have plenty more on these games and the rest of the 2012 NHL Playoffs on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more news, analysis, and discussion on Capitals hockey, please head over to Japers' Rink. For the opponent's perspective all series, check out Stanley Cup of Chowder. You can also head over to the SB Nation NHL hub page for more on hockey news as the playoffs begin.