Why Can't Capitals Capitalize?

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Sometimes the easiest explanation is something extraordinary, something out of human control. It could be a curse, an extraordinary lack of luck, or conspiratorial favoritism by the referees, or maybe all of the above. All have been brought up to explain the Washington Capitals' loss in Monday night's Game Seven, 5-0, to the New York Rangers, ending the Capitals' run at the Stanley Cup immediately following the firing of the starting gun.



For the Capitals, losing has become a bad habit. Many people develop bad habits because it provides a pleasurable experience. People don't smoke because it will kill them, they smoke in spite of that. There is nothing pleasurable, however, about the Capitals in the playoffs. It is just...

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