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In what seems to have become a common theme for the Capitals this year, a group of capitals failed again to win a championship. This time, the Capitals' Russian threesome, comprised of Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Semyon Varlamov, joined the Russian hockey team playing at the IIHF World Championships in Germany. Other NHLers who played included Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Pavel Datsuk. Team Russia was the gold-medal winner in the last two world championships, and seemed primed for a repeat until the Czech Republic team, lead in goal by Tomas Vokoun, took down the Russians in the gold medal game. The Russians were devastated. Though they retook the #1 international ranking from the Canadians, their ultimate goal was unfulfilled. The only redemption was that they handily beat the Canadian team there, 5-2, to send them to a 7th place finish; fellow Capitals teammate Brooks Laich was a member of the Canadian team. Team Sweden, for which Nicklas Backstrom did not play, finished with the bronze.
So, once again, Ovechkin goes home without the big prize; the big trophy. This year, Ovechkin will not win the Olympic gold for hockey, the Stanley Cup, or the IIHF World Championship gold; and he will not receive the Rocket Richard or Art Ross awards either.
Hopefully, the Capitals can gain the drive needed to do whatever it takes to win, and to play 60 minutes of hockey every single game. The Capitals have the talent, the skill, and the depth to win championships; they just need the drive. By failing to win a single major award or trophy this year, the Capitals are now on a mission. Or at least they should be.
"The night is always darkest before the dawn."
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