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After 1 win in past 6 games, fading Ovechkin, Capitals find themselves in 'must-win' territory

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 3:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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After 1 win in past 6 games, fading Ovechkin, Capitals find themselves in 'must-win' territory

ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates says his club is "very concerned" about its recent rut.

Alex Ovechkin and the fading Capitals have won only one of their last six games heading into Friday night against the visiting Vancouver Canucks, which Oates calls "a must win."

Washington has 15 games left and entered Thursday in 11th place in the 16-team Eastern Conference. Only the top eight teams qualify for the post-season.

There have been various problems lately, including poor passing and puck possession. Also glaring: Ovechkin's sudden lack of scoring. The three-time NHL MVP and team captain leads the league with 44 goals, but has been held without a point in each of the last four games, matching his worst drought this season.

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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday