Capitals face uncertain path forward 

February, 7, 2013

Alex Ovechkin Patrick McDermott/NHLI/Getty ImagesAlex Ovechkin and the Caps have the talent to make the playoffs, but they may not have the time.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It was another loss in a season that's already been too full of them. This time on Tuesday night, the Capitals were defeated by an average Toronto team, one that had played the night before. New coach Adam Oates had the unpleasant task of delivering his evaluation of the game, which wasn't going to be exactly what a fan base (or owner) tired of losing wanted to hear. And it wasn't going to be much different than anything he'd been saying now for several days.

Oates liked the effort. Again. He liked the opportunities his team created. He agreed that it's hard to maintain the confidence of his team during the slow start in his first year as the coach but he'll find examples of where it's working and highlight them.