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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 01/03/2011

Capitals are on an upswing, but Alex Ovechkin's slump is still a reality

(By Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Washington Capitals won the Winter Classic at Heinz Field and have gone 4-0-1 in their last five games. Captain Alex Ovechkin, of course, is part of his team's success, but on a personal level, he's underachieved this season.

Ovechkin is being smothered by opponents like never before and his failure to adjust has put him on pace for his worst offensive season yet.

Read more about the two-time MVP's struggles and what he needs to do to get back on track in Tarik El-Bashir's On Hockey column.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:53 AM ET, 01/03/2011

Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Alex Ovechkin

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