Capitals done in by slow start, fall to Blackhawks 5-2

Shot drought that lasted over 16 minutes set the tone

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“To go that long without any shots is just not a great way to start a game,” Knuble said.

Especially with the Jets so close. Especially against Crawford, in the middle of a sorry sophomore slump (2.83 goals-against average, .902 save percentage). Especially when this was a game the Capitals needed to win staring at a date with the dangerous Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

“You learn from your mistakes and we’re playing a very skilled team again tomorrow night, and we can’t be flat off the beginning,” Brouwer said. “We can’t sit back, we can’t let them dictate the pace of the play. We’ve got to come out, finish our checks, make their skill players work and get around that net more. Because we didn’t do any of that tonight.”

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