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Lessons from loss lead to first win for Caps

It took until the fifth try and the eighth day of the season, but the Washington Capitals finally managed to put together a complete game under the guidance of first-year coach Adam Oates and come away with a victory. Fueled by contributions from every corner of the lineup, from Alex Ovechkin through to Joel Ward and John Erskine, Washington played a smart and aggressive brand of hockey to defeat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center. It was the only reward the Capitals wanted after days of making gradual progress in getting up to speed with their new coach and new system. "I think to get that first win this year, it kind of got the monkey off our...

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