Washington Capitals defeat Minnesota Wild, 3-1

WASHINGTON - For the first 10 minutes Friday night, the Wild looked like a BMW whizzing 100 miles per hour up the Autobahn.

But slowly but surely, as if somebody was siphoning the gas tank, the Wild turned into a broken-down jalopy trying to climb a treacherous hill.

Fatigue predictably set in after the Wild played the night before in Tampa and arrived in the nation's capital after 3 a.m. A 2-1 third-period deficit felt like 5-1, and the Wild ultimately succumbed 3-1...