With nine games to go on their 2013-14 schedule, the Washington Capitals still have an opportunity to secure one of the final postseason berths in the Eastern Conference.
However, they haven't made things easy on themselves.
Far too many points have slipped away from Adam Oates' team, and as Katie Carrera of The Washington Post points out, that could be a crippling blow to the Caps' playoff chances.
The Capitals have frittered away two-goal leads 13 times this year, six in the third period alone, and are 5-3-4 in the contests in which it occurs. That’s 10 points they’ve left on the table that would come in handy right about now.
Obviously, this team has more than enough talent to make up for deficits, but Washington has consistently found new ways to squander leads. That trend has continued into March, as the Caps have lost three games in which they've held two-goal leads.
Heading into the most critical stretch of Washington's regular-season schedule, here's a look back at the team's five biggest letdowns thus far in 2013-14.