NHL Capsules: Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin help Capitals rout Blackhawks 6-2

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

Brett Connolly, middle at right, celebrates his second-period power-play goal with Capitals teammates Wednesday night.

Though Backstrom has steadily been accumulating assists, he entered Wednesday night's game without a goal since October 14, Washington's sixth game of the season. Washington closes its season-high, five-game homestand Friday against the New York Rangers. The second goal was a surprise, Tom Wilson's shot off the faceoff one that Chicago's Anton Forsberg probably shouldn't have allowed. The run kicked off when Washington used a picture-perfect, tic-tac-toe passing play to set up its first goal at the 11:54 mark, with Wilson and Ovechkin assisting on Backstrom's fourth goal of the year and his first tally since October 14. Since reuniting with Backstrom, Ovechkin has eight goals in seven games, riding his best goal-scoring pace since the 2007-08 season, when he scored 65 as a 22-year-old.

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 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. "You've got to keep trying, and eventually, hopefully it'll come".

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

Chicago is 6-13 in their last 19 games on the road and 3-14 in their last 17 against a team with a winning record while the Capitals are 10-4 in their last 14 Wednesday games and 37-14 intheir last 51 home games.

Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago. The five-time defending Pacific Division champions have played most of the season without their top two centers, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler. Chicago has lost seven in a row in Washington since January 2006.

Washington forward T.J. Oshie, missing his first game with an undisclosed upper-body injury suffered Monday against the San Jose Sharks. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford could return Sunday against Arizona. D Taylor Chorney and C Tyler Graovac were the Capitals' scratches, and the Blackhawks scratched D Michal Kempny, D Jordan Oesterle and C Tanner Kero.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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