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Matt D'Agostini

Blues beat Caps 2-1 in Hunter's debut as coach

Former Washington Capitals great Dale Hunter earned the applause of the sellout crowd Tuesday night at Verizon Center for his NHL coaching debut behind the home team's bench.

There were video montages of his fights and goals, replays of Hunter's memorable playoff goal in 1988 against the Philadelphia Flyers and No. 32 jerseys in the seats. But by the midway point of their game against the St. Louis Blues, nostalgia gave way to the realization that there is plenty of work for Hunter and the Capitals to do.

St. Louis spoiled his return by capturing a 2-1 victory over the...