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The Caps lose playoff games by the margin of Ovechkin’s negative thoughts. They will do this for as long as they let silly contentions about officiating and league conspiracies blind them to the larger fact of their performance. Buried in Ovechkin and McPhee’s remarks is the suggestion that they were really the better team. They weren’t. They got purely outfought, especially by the Rangers’ third and fourth lines, and mentally collapsed. The refs didn’t play swarming defense that blocked 27 Capitals shots in Game 7. The refs didn’t hold Ovechkin to just one goal and one assist in the entire series.

Nine times the Caps have blown two-game leads in the playoffs — three of those in the last five years. That’s a pattern. Until they have a very candid conversation with themselves — until they ditch their mood of sulky complacency in favor of real self-examination — you can count on it to continue.

-Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post where you can read more about the Capitals' mindset.

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awould's avatar


Posted by awould on 05/17/13 at 01:03 PM ET


It was amusing to compare Dion Phaneuf -who absolutely should not be a captain- taking responsibility for his f*ckups while Captain Ovie was looking for any way to not take blame for his team losing.

Posted by Garth on 05/17/13 at 01:15 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

It totally has NOTHING to do with forwards not backchecking. Not at all.

*cough* floater *cough*

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 05/17/13 at 02:57 PM ET

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