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GM: 'A team has to be ready'

The Capitals are discovering spotting opponents first-period leads is a difficult way to win.

Originally Published: November 26, 2002
By Al Morganti | Special to ESPN.com

It's tough enough to win in the NHL without spotting your opponent a goal or two. But that is exactly what the Washington Capitals have been doing for most of the month of November, and it has to stop if they expect to have any kind of joyful holiday season.

Before their 5-4 loss at Toronto on Tuesday, the Capitals struggled against the Atlanta Thrashers, finally surviving with a 6-3 victory and breaking a five-game winless streak -- but not before they fell behind, 2-0, in the first period.

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