Found December 01, 2011 on Puck Daddy:
WASHINGTON, DC — In Dale Hunter's first game as Washington Capitals coach, they had 19 shots and one goal in a loss to the St. Louis Blues. Game No. 2? Seventeen shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins, including a paltry two shots in the third period, in a 2-1 loss. In the final moments of the third period, the Capitals couldn't even corral the puck, let alone mount an attack with an extra skater. "We weren't playing dangerous hockey. We were chipping the puck into their zone, trying to clog up the neutral zone," said Arron Asham, who assisted on Craig Adams' first-period goal. "We knew we needed a strong defensive effort," said Chris Kunitz, whose third-period individual effort in the Caps' zone and sneaky shot past Tomas Vokoun proved to be the game-winner. "We played great: sticks on pucks, getting the pucks around the wall, out of our end. Making them do some things they didn't want to do." The win for the Penguins was their f...

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