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02-25-2013, 09:08 AM
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When you have that much talent, you have to consider whether it's physical or mental. Is he hurt, or is he pissed off?

The concussion may make him a bit more timid or unsure by a fraction of a second. And if he's annoyed about being dropped to a 2C, that could affect his play as well.

I think you have to wonder if his ass is a bit chapped about Ribeiro being a Cap, and taking over the 1C spot. I'm not saying he's tanking, but he could be demotivated. Yet if the team starts winning, and Ovechkin keeps projecting buy-in with Oates as a coach and with his "system", you may see Backstrom's game come around.

In which case, if Ribeiro keeps it up and guys like Chimera figure out what's wrong, LOOK OUT.

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