Slow start dooms the Blackhawks in a loss to the defending champion Capitals

WASHINGTON D.C. – For a team that’s slowly adjusting to a major change in their leadership in positive ways, this figured to be a good test.

After earning six of eight points in their last four games, Jeremy Colliton’s Blackhawks hit the road to take on the defending champion Capitals in Washington D.C. The pre-Thanksgiving contest figured to be a measuring stick for the young coach’s system and the team as they continue to work their way out of a terrible start to the month of November.

Unfortunately for Colliton, his team had to play from behind right from the start, and that didn’t work out well in the finish.

Washington scored a goal in the first minute of the game and got the first three scores of the game in a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks Wednesday night at Capital One Arena.

It’s the first regulation loss for the Blackhawks since November 10th and drops them under .500 for the season at 8-9-5.

Right from the get-go, Colliton’s team was chasing the defending champions after Tom Wilson scored on a break 54 seconds into the game to make it 1-0. Under six minutes later, Andre Burakovsky added to the advantage with Washington’s second goal to make it 2-0.

Former Blackhawk Michal Kempny’s blast from the point beat Crawford in the second period to make it a three-goal deficit.

Brandon Saad got a rally going with a goal 2:09 later to get the Blackhawks’ back within two. Erik Gustafsson would take it down to one in the third as he drive towards the goal paid off with his second goal of the season to make it 3-2.

But a Devante Smith-Pelly goal under two minutes later was never answered by the Blackhawks’ offense which saw their small bit of momentum end in the nation’s capital.