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by Paul on 03/24/12 at 11:39 AM ET
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,
The defeat wasn’t only shocking because it marked the first time this season that Washington had coughed up a three-goal lead and its first loss in 23 games in which it had entered the third period with a lead. It was stunning for its timing: With only seven games remaining in the regular season, the Capitals, who are clinging to the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by virtue of tiebreakers, need points as much as Winnipeg.
“It cost us huge two points. We get one, but we needed two,” winger Alex Ovechkin said. “It’s stupid play by us. We just totally stopped playing after [the Jets] score [their] first goal.”
Washington (37-30-8) remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 82 points, tied with Buffalo, which defeated the conference-leading New York Rangers, 4-1, on Friday. Winnipeg (35-31-8), in 10th place with 78 points and a game in hand on both the Capitals and Sabres, stayed in the hunt thanks to the pair of points it picked up in Chinatown.
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