Alex Ovechkin, shown celebrating a goal in the 2008 playoffs, and the Capitals have failed to move past the second round in each of the past four seasons. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Alex Ovechkin, shown celebrating a goal in the 2008 playoffs, and the Capitals have failed to move past the second round in each of the past four seasons. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)