** FILE ** New Washington Capitals Head Coach Dale Hunter watches action with Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21), and Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) during the first period of his first game as head coach against the St. Louis Blues, Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** New Washington Capitals Head Coach Dale Hunter watches action with Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21), and Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) during the first period of his first game as head coach against the St. Louis Blues, Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)