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Home Opener A Dud In Washington

from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,

The crowd arrived late and irritated after waiting in long, frigid lines to enter the building because of problems with a new digital ticketing system. And on the ice the Washington Capitals gave them little to be even remotely enthused about.

The Capitals fell, 4-2, to the Winnipeg Jets, who scored as many goals (two) in the first period as they had in their previous two games combined. The defeat marked Washington’s first 0-2 start to a season since 1996-97 and its first loss in a home opener since 2000.

The Capitals are fighting themselves more than any specific opponent. They had six days with a new coach and new system before playing meaningful games in this lockout-abbreviated season, but they don’t have time for excuses.

“It is a new system, it’s going to be hard and we’ve got to fight through that,” Coach Adam Oates said. “Still, I thought we could have had better execution. I thought we didn’t give ourselves the opportunity to play the team game.”

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