á The Washington Capitals donÆt have a problem with talent, coaching, or ownership. They donÆt want for adoration from fans or respect throughout the NHL. But resolve has always been the weakest part of their team make up; the ability to win with expectation and to play as if failure doesnÆt exist. ThatÆs why the injury to Alex Ovechkin isnÆt just significant ; itÆs almost necessary for this team to learn success in the absence of ease and comfort. It would be to easy for the Capitals to fall apart in OvechkinÆs absence and blame it on a dimmed spotlight. His stardom , athleticism and playmaking intuition may be the largest subtitle in a context of the emerging Capitals franchise, but this is a team that isnÆt short on defensive prowess and offensive options. Between Nicklas Back ...
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