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Caps fall to Blues in Hunter's debut

Even a new head coach wasn't able to help the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

The Capitals started the season with seven straight wins, but losses in six of their prior eight games saw the team fall to a mark of 12-9-1, prompting a coaching change as Bruce Boudreau was fired on Monday after four years on the bench.

Hometown favorite Dale Hunter has taken over, but the offensive woes continued for Washington in a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the lone goal while Tomas Vokoun was touched for both goals on 30 shots for the Capitals, who have been held to one goal in five of their past nine games.

The Blues, meanwhile, were also in the coach firing business earlier in November as the team replaced Davis Payne with veteran head coach Ken Hitchcock after a 6-7-0 start to the season.

Since then, the Blues have gone 8-1-2 and Tuesday's game saw Matt D'Agostini and T.J. Oshie each light the lamp while Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves to give the team their fourth straight win.