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More Hard Work Needed In Washington

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

As the Capitals searched for answers following another ugly, disjointed defeat — 4-1 to the Canadiens on Thursday night — players consistently pointed to an attribute that they, and they alone, control: work ethic. It’s how they correct mistakes, how they prevent penalties and what should drive their games.

“If I had to say one thing, I’d say work ethic,” Troy Brower said when asked what’s going wrong. “We’re not out of shape. That’s an excuse right now. Guys are professionals here. They came into camp in shape, ready to go, and it’s not — you know, fitness. It’s work ethic. We’re getting outworked. We’ve been outworked three times. We’ve lost three games.”

The Capitals are the only team in the Eastern Conference without a point and every game that passes without any traction drops them further behind their foes. That alone should be enough to light a fire within a team, but at this stage Washington has yet to shift into gear.  So what can they do for motivation?


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Hank1974's avatar

Here’s the problem - Ovechkin.
He’s a selfish, one-dimensional player who’d rather score 60 goals than win a playoff round.
If you watch him play now, he does the same thing every rush up the ice; race down left-side, cut in quick then attempt to fire a puck through dmans legs. End Scene.

The only way the Caps can be successful is to go back to the same style Boudreau implemented at the start - fire wagon hockey.
The problem is it won’t get you far in the playoffs when offensive talent is 5th on the list of things you need to win a Cup.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/25/13 at 09:04 AM ET

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