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This morning, Peter and Pat wrote two posts pointing out the worrying trends of the best team in hockey. The Washington Capitals have seen their possession fall off a cliff, they’re getting dominated in first periods, they’ve seen their god-like goaltender become a mere mortal, and they’ve watched their two best players, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, struggle. On top of that, the Caps suffered arguably their worst loss of the season Sunday against the Penguins, watching their defense have breakdown after breakdown against the Pens’ speed game.
Monday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun joined the Caps at a team-building event in Ottawa. Matt Niskanen told LeBrun he believes the team has motivation issues.