Posted October 31, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Washington Capitals have cooled off a bit after the best start in franchise history. They might have a good chance to start another run against a team that's experiencing some more prolonged struggles. The Capitals will try to avoid a third consecutive defeat when they return home Tuesday night to face the Anaheim Ducks, losers of five of six. A 2-1 defeat in Edmonton on Thursday prevented Washington from becoming the sixth NHL team to start 8-0-0. After that unusually quiet night from their offense, the Capitals scored four goals in their next game but gave up a season-high seven in a loss in Vancouver on Saturday. Michal Neuvirth replaced Tomas Vokoun after one period with his team down 3-1 and was solid in the second, helping Washington pull even at 4-all after two. But he allowed three goals in a four-minute, seven-second span of the third in the 7-4 defeat. "It's always a good reality check at the beginning of the year that you've got to be on every nig...
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