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03-15-2013, 04:48 PM
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No. This should have been expected by any Caps fan who isn't a pollyannish little kid or a blind homer. Anyone expecting the 09-10 team that dominated the league offensively will be disappointed. It's the same pattern as the last 2 seasons. Start out bad, make some emergency adjustments to somehow make the playoffs, ride some momentum through the first round, get bounced in the 2nd round.

If anything I believe the team OVERachieved last year by beating Boston and then taking NYR to 7, due mostly to Dale Hunter coming in and applying battlefield medicine, which created a situation where the shut-down defensive style allowed for superior goaltending.

Add to that the increasing health problems for many key players (Green, Backstrom, Laich, etc.), Ovechkin's decline as a force, and another new coach and it's not hard to expect a continuation of the downward trend.

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