After brutal loss to Capitals, Blackhawks face first-place clash with Wild

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From start to finish on Friday, the Washington Capitals were far and away the better team against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The result was a 6-0 loss for Chicago. They fell behind early. Corey Crawford was eventually pulled and the Blackhawks saw their four-game winning streak come to a humiliating end.

“You can’t forget these games,” said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

“You’ve got to let them sink in, you’ve got to learn from them You’ve got to use it, get pissed off, and use it the right way, to address the glaring issues that were present.”

The Blackhawks, masters so far this season of the one-goal victories, which they publicly believe is not a bad sign, won’t have much time to digest this setback. They play the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, with top spot in the Central Division on the line.

The Blackhawks lead the division, but the Wild sit just two points back. Minnesota also has five games in hand right now, and would take over first place with a regulation win.