2011 NHL Predictions: 4 Reasons the Washington Capitals Will Win the Stanley Cup

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2011 NHL Predictions: 4 Reasons the Washington Capitals Will Win the Stanley Cup
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The second-round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning marked the fourth straight playoff season that the Capitals have come up short.

Since 2007-08, the Capitals have accumulated one Presidents' Trophy, four Southeast Division banners and one repeatedly angry D.C. crowd.

With Sidney Crosby and his Penguins already traveling to the Stanley Cup Finals twice and winning it once, Alex Ovechkin and his Capitals are looking a little embarrassed that their star-studded cast of role players and superstars can't get the job done in the postseason.

The crowd at the Verizon center isn't just embarrassed; they're fuming. They know that Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green and company aren't getting any younger and the window on NHL immortality is closing fast. 

This season will cement Ovechkin and the Capitals as the force that the rest of the league knows they can be.

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