Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/3/12
Just when the Washington Capitals appeared to be coming out of their funk this week, they put forth a terrible effort. The Philadelphia Flyers also can't find any consistent success, but their position isn't nearly as dire. Though Philadelphia's chances of repeating as division champion aren't as good as those of its opponent Sunday night, Washington is the one outside the playoff picture following an ugly loss. The Capitals were in a 4-8-3 slump before winning their final three games of February, sparking optimism they had turned things around and could win a fifth straight Southeast Division title. They're still very much within striking distance of first-place Florida, but the momentum is gone after a 5-0 loss to New Jersey on Friday which had the home fans booing their team. "Got to regroup now and all those cliches," center Matt Hendricks said. It matched the most lopsided loss since November for Washington, which trailed 3-0 after the first period and gave up a short-hand...
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