Sport Wilson, Ovechkin lead Capitals past Blackhawks, 6-2

12:24  07 december  2017
12:24  07 december  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Tom Wilson had two goals and two assists and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and three assists in the Washington Capitals ' 6 - 2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom is usually the one setting up his Washington Capitals teammates.

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)© The Associated Press Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom is usually the one setting up his Washington Capitals teammates.

BOX SCORE: CAPITALS 6, BLACKHAWKS 2

Two of them returned the favor Wednesday night.

Backstrom ended a 21-game goal drought and had two assists, and Washington's top-line trio of Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson combined for 11 points in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wilson had two goals and two assists for his first four-point game, and Ovechkin had a goal and three assists, and the duo made good on their plan to get Backstrom a goal.

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Tom Wilson had two goals and two assists and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and three assists in the Washington Capitals ' 6 - 2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Tom Wilson had two goals and two assists and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and three assists in the Washington Capitals ' 6 - 2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

"It's funny. Me and Tom have a chat today and said, 'Let's set up Backy.' And we did and he scored a goal," Ovechkin said. "He's not a goal scorer. He's more a passer. He likes to pass, but it's nice to put him on the board.""

Backstrom ended his goal drought at 11:54 of the first when he finished a tic-tac-toe sequence by one-timing Ovechkin's pass past Forsberg for his fourth of the season. Wilson had the other assist. Backstrom hadn't scored since Oct. 14 in Philadelphia, matching the second-longest drought of his career.

"Yea, they better," Backstrom joked when told of Ovechkin's remark. "That was a great play by both of them. Great way to get it started and we kept rolling."

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

Braden Holtby made 37 saves for Washington to help the Capitals win for the sixth time in seven games, a streak that started when the Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson line was formed.

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WASHINGTON (AP) Nicklas Backstrom is usually the one setting up his Washington Capitals teammates. Two of them returned the favor Wednesday night. Backstrom ended a 21-game goal drought and had two assists, and Washington’s top-line trio of Backstrom

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) celebrates his empty net goal with left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, and center Chandler Stephenson (18) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks , Wednesday, Dec. The Capitals won 6 - 2 .

Brett Connolly scored in his third straight game, and Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal. Ovechkin extended his goals streak to three games.

Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago, which outshot Washington 39-25. The Blackhawks are 0-3-2 in their last five.

"Not happy about tonight's game," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "You can be misled by the shot (total) or maybe it looked like we had some looks there. The volume of our shots hit him right in the chest with no chance of getting a second opportunity whether there was some people at the net or not."

Wilson's spinning shot from the left circle eluded Forsberg with 5:07 to go in the first period.

Anton Forsberg, starting in place of the injured Corey Crawford, was pulled after Ovechkin's goal made it 3-0 with 4:38 left in the first. J.F Berube finished in goal for Chicago.

Washington has won seven of its last eight against the Blackhawks. Chicago has lost seven in a row in Washington since January 2006.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson had two goals and two assists and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and three assists in the Washington Capitals ' 6 - 2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

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Wilson added an empty-netter to cap his career night.

"He's always been a guy that's been full committed at both ends of the ice," Holtby said about Wilson. "I think he's figuring out to create offense at the same time as being very responsible defensively."

NOTES: Washington forward T.J. Oshie missed the game after sustaining an upper-body injury Monday night against San Jose. Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he didn't know if Oshie would resume skating Thursday. Trotz said forward Andre Burakovsky, out since October after surgery to repair his broken left thumb, could possibly play Friday against the New York Rangers. ... Capitals F Chandler Stephenson returned after missing a game with an upper-body injury. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford could return Sunday against Arizona. "Right now I think maybe there's hope on Friday," Quenneville said, "maybe the likelihood might be Sunday but we'll see." ... Chicago D Michal Kempny, C Tanner Kero and D Jordan Oesterle were healthy scratches for the 10th straight game.

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