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THREE THINGS: Effort, Dach Debut and Nylander

Three takeaways from Chicago's 5-3 loss to Washington on Sunday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Capitals, 5-3, on Sunday night at the United Center. 

Five different Capitals scored goals - Alex Ovechkin, Lars Eller, Nic Dowd, Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie - and Braden Holtby was strong in goal to lift Washington. 

Dominik Kubalik, Drake Caggiula and Patrick Kane scored and Alex Nylander added two assists for the Blackhawks. Corey Crawford suffered the loss in goal for the Blackhawks, who dropped to 2-3-1 on the season. 

Here are three takeaways:

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FEATURE: Little Sleep, Long Travel for Dach Family to see Kirby's Debut

With just hours notice, Kirby Dach's father Dale, mother Hillary and sister Callie made it to Chicago to watch No. 3 overall pick's NHL debut

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

Late Saturday afternoon, Dale Dach's phone rang in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta with his eldest son's name across the screen. 

Kirby Dach might've found out that he was going to officially play in his first NHL game when he got to the United Center Sunday morning for pregame skate, but he had an inkling that his parents, Dale and Hillary, might want to be ready. 

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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Capitals, 5-3

Full coverage from Chicago's 5-3 loss to Washington

by Monterey Pepper / Blackhawks.com

Despite a game-tying goal from Patrick Kane in the third period, the Blackhawks saw their two-game win streak end Sunday night at the United Center, falling to the Capitals late, 5-3.

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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs. Capitals - Oct. 20

Chicago hosts Washington on Sunday night riding a three-game point streak

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

TIME: 6 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH RADIO: WGN Radio 720 STREAM: NHL.TV & MyTeamsApp

Riding a two-game win streak and with a point in three straight, the Blackhawks host a Washington Capitals team riding a two-game win streak of their own on Sunday evening at the United Center (TICKETS).

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THE VERDICT: Looking Back at Chicago's First Jersey Retirement

39 years ago today, the Blackhawks retired Stan Mikita's No. 21 to the rafters of Chicago Stadium

by Bob Verdi / Blackhawks.com

Wayne Gretzky graced the United Center Monday night, an executive now with a franchise he made famous, the Edmonton Oilers. Smooth as ever, the Great One reminisced about his National Hockey League arrival.

"Right across the street at the Stadium, October of 1979, opener for both teams," he mused. "I'm a nervous kid, and my first faceoff is against Stan Mikita. Legend. And my father Walter's favorite player."

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FEATURE: Wiedeman, Murray Bring Passion for Game to Radio

Chicago's radio broadcast team for 14 seasons, John Wiedeman and Troy Murray honored with bobblehead giveaway on Sunday vs. Washington

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc / Blackhawks.com

Broadcasters John Wiedeman and Troy Murray had mixed reactions upon seeing their likenesses on a bobblehead the Blackhawks will distribute to the first 10,000 fans who attend Sunday's game against the Capitals (TICKETS).

"They've made me better-looking than I actually am," said Wiedeman, who has been the Blackhawks radio play-by-play announcer since 2006. "When I first saw it, I looked at it and I thought, 'Wow, the guy on the left, me, looks like a gameshow host and the guy on the right looks like my old neighbor who had a real mean cat.'"

What does the "old neighbor" think of his depiction?

"It's hard to mess up a bald guy," said Murray, the former Blackhawks center who provides color commentary on the team's radio broadcasts alongside Wiedeman. "But it looks good. It kind of depicts what John and I are both all about. When you get a bobblehead, you've made it."

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THREE THINGS: Shin Pads, Alex's Office and Killing Time

Three takeaways from Chicago's 3-2 OT win over Columbus on Friday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc / Blackhawks.com

Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner in overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets on Friday night at the United Center.

Alex DeBrincat added a goal and an assist, Drake Caggiula also scored and Patrick Kane had two assists to provide the offense for goaltender Robin Lehner (37 saves).

"That's a hard-working team," Toews said of the Blue Jackets. "They have some skill. They play well as a team and they didn't give us much room out there. It's probably not our best start, there are a lot of things that we know we can do better, but … you have to find ways to win those games. You can't let them slip so it's nice to get two points."

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RELEASE: Blackhawks Recall Dach from Conditioning Stint

No. 3 overall pick played in three games for Chicago's AHL affiliate while on assignment

by Chicago Blackhawks Communications / Blackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Kirby Dach from his conditioning assignment from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

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RECAP: Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in Overtime

Full coverage from Chicago's overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets

by Monterey Pepper / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks extend their win streak to two after a 3-2 overtime win against the Blue Jackets Friday night at the United Center.

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MEDICAL UPDATE: Smith Out for Maintenance Day

Veteran forward will not practice with Blackhawks on Thursday

by Chicago Blackhawks Communications / Blackhawks.com

Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry today released the following medical update:

Forward Zack Smith will not practice today (maintenance day).

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