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TORONTO — There were expressions of concern in the Washington locker room Monday night after the Capitals’ second consecutive overtime loss to the .

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The loss was difficult, no doubt. This was a game that the Capitals led by two goals on two different occasions.

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Washington is living up to this reputation so far, trailing the young Maple Leafs 2-1 with Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series to be played Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

custom greek hockey sweatshirts The Maple Leafs’ confidence will be soaring.

china cheap jerseys nhl “It’s a good feeling,” said Toronto center , who scored the overtime winner Monday on a tip-in during a power play. “I love the way we responded when we got down. Everyone played well, and you know, we can enjoy (it), but we still have a lot of work to do. We’re confident in here, so we’ve just got to stick to it and sit still.”

The Capitals cannot avoid the inevitable question about their playoff failures.

“Until we change the cheap jerseys narrative, that’s going to be the question,” Capitals defenseman said. “It’s up to us to change it. You can’t talk about it. You just have to go and do it.”

The game Monday could have been different for the Capitals.

They led 3-1 in the second period when they had a five-on-three advantage.

The Capitals could not score.

“We should have scored there, absolutely,” said Washington center , who had a goal and an assist.

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said, “Obviously, we were down 3-1 and get the five-on-three, and it’s a big moment in the game. The game is over if they score. That was a huge kill for us.”

The Maple Leafs climbed back into the game.

They tied the game at 19:20 of the second period when Capitals defenseman and were both behind the net checking Toronto’s Zach Hyman.

Uncovered in front was William Nylander, who had time to knock in his own rebound, after goaltender made a fine save on his first shot. That made the score 3-3.

“I think we had three guys beyond the goal line, so that’s not a very good way to defend, especially the last minute of the period,” Orpik said.

The Capitals went more than 13 minutes without a shot on goal to start the third period.

“We were just on our heels, not being assertive, not being confident,” Niskanen said. “They took it to us. They outplayed us in the third period.”

“They’re getting some breaks,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “They’re working hard, I don’t want to take anything away from them.”

Babcock was not entirely impressed with his team’s defensive play.

“I don’t know if it was nerves or trying to do too much or whatever, we weren’t as good defensively as we should have been (Monday) night,” he said. “We gave too many free opportunities. We’ve got to do a better job there. Obviously, we won the game on special teams. The power play got us a big goal, and the penalty kill, in particular on the five-on-three, was outstanding. That, in the end, probably won us the game.”

Capitals defenseman will miss Game 4. When he sat out Game 3 due to an upper-body injury, it ended his streak of 599 consecutive regular-season (540) and playoff games (59) played since 2010.

took his place Monday and had an assist.

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