The Noon Number: 15

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A look at Saturday night's fast start... and slow finish

Today's Noon Number: 15 - Number of shots on goal the Caps registered in the first 13:37 of Saturday night's game, the same number they managed over the remaining 46:23. Of note, Alex Ovechkin fired all four of his shots on goal for the night in the first 10:18 of the game.

If you're looking for an explanation, here's a pretty good one:

“Some of the mistakes came from conditioning. We got tired at times, the game went in waves,” Coach Adam Oates said. “They had a couple waves on us and wore us out. Just the amount of ice time the guys got and being a little bit out of shape took its toll.”

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