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Capitals Vs. Flyers: Washington's Overtime Woes Continue

As we start to digest the Capitals' latest defeat -- a 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers -- there's an obvious, familiar problem at play. The Capitals, once again, couldn't play a full 60-minute game, and were outclassed in every way, save for the 40-second stretch where they got their two goals.

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But that's not what we're here for right now. No, we're here to try to solve the mystery of why the Capitals are horrible in overtimes. This loss was their sixth straight loss in a game that went to overtime, and they are now 1-8 in games decided in the extra frame since November 13. That's via Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan, and it's a fact that's boggling my mind right now. How does that happen? The Capitals began the year with five straight overtime wins, so it can't be a team flaw. Right?

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I don't know, and there may be no answer. While you all ponder it, here's a list of the Caps games that have gone to overtime since November 13:

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  • November 13: L at Buffalo, 3-2 (GW by Thomas Vanek).
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  • November 20: L vs. Philadelphia, 5-4 (shootout)
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  • November 28: W vs. Carolina, 3-2 (shootout)
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  • December 6: L vs. Toronto, 5-4 (shootout, blew 4-1 lead in third period)
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  • December 15: L vs. Anaheim, 2-1 (GW by Ryan Getzlaf)
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  • December 23: L vs. Pittsburgh, 3-2 (shootout)
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  • January 4: L vs. Tampa Bay, 1-0 (GW by Martin St. Louis)
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  • January 11: L at Florida, 4-3 (GW by Dennis Wideman)
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  • January 18: L at Philadelphia, 3-2 (GW by Andrej Meszaros)
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