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Questions galore for Capitals after quick exit

Thursday, 04.29.2010 / 11:31 AM / News

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are starting their offseason much sooner than they expected after becoming the first top-seeded team to blow a 3-1 series lead against a No. 8 in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

The Capitals had made clear they thought they could win the Stanley Cup after finishing the regular season with the league's best record and most goals.

A day after being eliminated in the opening round with a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7, though, the Capitals are facing several tough questions. Are the Presidents' Trophy winners built for success in the playoffs? Are significant changes needed?

Says center Nicklas Backstrom: "It looks like we're not good enough."

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I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

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