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08:33 AM ET 03.08 | Down the stretch they come, and the Capitals continue to limp. [Washington's] season, as well as the whole trajectory of the franchise's history, is at a crossroads with 16 games to play. ... The Caps aren't just on the verge of missing the playoffs, after thinking they might go to the Stanley Cup finals. After three straight loses at home, and with their best player, Nicklas Backstrom, almost certainly out for the season, they are in danger of imploding. Their meeting on Thursday night at Verizon Center with Tampa Bay has suddenly become vital. After that, the Caps play six of their next seven games on the road, where they've been horrid. In two weeks, if they don't shape up in a hurry, they could be D.O.A.

The Washington Post

Alex Ovechkin, Icon Sports Alex Ovechkin, Icon Sports
March 8, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Okay, I'm calling early morning shenanagins. They's run this story what...3 times in the last two weeks with slightly different headlines?

March 8, 2012  08:54 AM ET

But Spiny, it's meltdown of epic porportions!

March 8, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Shame. A real shame. How does it get this bad when you have so much talent?

March 8, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Okay, I'm calling early morning shenanagins. They's run this story what...3 times in the last two weeks with slightly different headlines?

Yeah, the Washington Post is lazy!!!
However, it not like the Caps have improved any, in fact they've only gotten worse!

March 8, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Okay, I'm calling early morning shenanagins. They's run this story what...3 times in the last two weeks with slightly different headlines?

It could be worse. It could be a WILD thread.

March 8, 2012  09:12 AM ET

I'll be at the game Sat afternoon at the Gaaahden...hope that the road woes continue.

March 8, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It could be worse. It could be a WILD thread.

"day ain't over yet"

March 8, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

But Spiny, it's meltdown of epic porportions!

So I've heard...

March 8, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yeah, the Washington Post is lazy!!! However, it not like the Caps have improved any, in fact they've only gotten worse!

Indeed....out in Anaheim, *^%$ Bruce is *^%$laughing his *^%$ing ^$$ off

March 8, 2012  09:22 AM ET

The Flames , Leafs,and Caps are all trying the revolutionary new "lets lose our way in" technique

March 8, 2012  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Okay, I'm calling early morning shenanagins. They's run this story what...3 times in the last two weeks with slightly different headlines?

They are one win from being in the top 8. What am I missing here.

March 8, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Now that folks have finally been given some info. on this disaster after the sports media has tried to hide it all year, it's time to face facts. Even if by some miracle the Caps did limp into the playoffs this year their "run" would last no more than 4 games. It's time to break up this group of underachievers by trading Semin AND Ovie while you can still get something for them. Drop Vokoun, bring up Holtby, pray for Backstrom. Tee-off and aim foir next year.

March 8, 2012  09:38 AM ET

put a fork in it.

March 8, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Now that folks have finally been given some info. on this disaster after the sports media has tried to hide it all year, it's time to face facts. Even if by some miracle the Caps did limp into the playoffs this year their "run" would last no more than 4 games. It's time to break up this group of underachievers by trading Semin AND Ovie while you can still get something for them. Drop Vokoun, bring up Holtby, pray for Backstrom. Tee-off and aim foir next year.

Good points, Slap.

I think at the very least split up the Russian Bros. Not sure you need to trade both.

March 8, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Now that folks have finally been given some info. on this disaster after the sports media has tried to hide it all year, it's time to face facts. Even if by some miracle the Caps did limp into the playoffs this year their "run" would last no more than 4 games. It's time to break up this group of underachievers by trading Semin AND Ovie while you can still get something for them. Drop Vokoun, bring up Holtby, pray for Backstrom. Tee-off and aim foir next year.

Would you like to borrow my sign ?

March 8, 2012  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They are one win from being in the top 8. What am I missing here.

They were picked by many to be strong Cup contenders, and they are struggling to even make the playoffs.

March 8, 2012  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Would you like to borrow my sign ?

Is that the sign that Bill Engvall talks about?
or is that only for fans of a more eastern province's team (that wears blue)

March 8, 2012  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

They were picked by many to be strong Cup contenders, and they are struggling to even make the playoffs.

precisely.
One win and a lifetime of heart away

March 8, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Would you like to borrow my sign ?

I want to borrow a bag to put over my head and some waffles!

 
March 8, 2012  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

precisely.
One win and a lifetime of heart away

Just as long as they show up Sunday.

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