Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Streaking Capitals host slumping Blackhawks

Shot Attempt %
51.7%
47.8%
PDO
101.0
100.8
Power Play
16.1%
21.7%
Penalty Kill
84.4%
78.0 Shot Attempt % 51.7% 47.8% PDO 101.0 100.8 Power Play 16.1% 21.7% Penalty Kill 84.4% 78.0
Patty Aguilar | 07 December, 2017, 10:00

Blackhawks goalie Jean-Francois Berube is in the foreground.

Nicklas Backstrom's goalless drought is finally over. The second goal was a surprise, Tom Wilson's shot off the faceoff one that Chicago's Anton Forsberg probably shouldn't have allowed.

Wilson and Ovechkin soon scored to make it 3-0.

Backstrom's goal catapulted the Capitals top-line forward.

The Washington Capitals look to stay red hot as they host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night.

Two of them returned the favor Wednesday night. "Especially when you play against a great team, you have a tough matchup and when you beat them the feeling is unbelievable". "That line carried us tonight".

Backstrom previously went 21 games without a goal and was nearing his career-high of going 24 games without a goal.

T.J. Oshie remains questionable with an upper body injury while Chandler Stephenson is probable with an upper body injury. Though the two have complemented each other for more than a decade in Washington, Trotz started the season with them on separate lines. From that moment, Ovechkin continued to rise the National Hockey League scoring ranks while Backstrom struggled to score. Kane has never scored a goal AT Washington.

The lineup tweak worked wonders. Toews has eight goals and 19 points in 28 games this season. Backstrom's fourth goal of the season lifted the frustration that has amounted on his shoulders throughout the drought. His hard hits create space for Ovechkin and Backstrom in the offensive zone.

"He's always been a guy that's been full committed at both ends of the ice", Holtby said about Wilson. He's doing that. I think he's coming into his own as a player, not just a talent.

The second goal was all on Forsberg. But that five minutes doomed them, and they didn't have the firepower to come back after Lance Bouma scored late in the first period to give them a little lift until Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway late in the third.

The Blackhawks head into Wednesday night's show down with the Capitals looking to maintain their recent success against Metro division opponents as they are 10-2 in their last 12 contests but they have dropped four games in a row overall and need to shake out of their early season funk. Ovechkin also finished with four points, while Backstrom recorded three. But even when he wasn't scoring, Backstrom remained poised. "Still, we have a lot of things to improve, but right now we're all right".

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