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But since then Washington has been through three different coaches – Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter and now Oates. The Caps must figure a way to make themselves relevant again.

“We in hard position right now. We middle of nowhere because we not make the playoffs,” star winger Alex Ovechkin said. “If we make the playoffs we will talk about how we have to play against Boston or somebody else. Right now, we talk about what happen four years ago. Four years ago was a different team, four years was a different coaches, different system, everything was different.”