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Streaking Capitals host slumping Blackhawks

07 December 2017

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. He has played five games at Washington, four at Capital One Arena and one at Nationals Park.

Game highlights: Frederik Andersen stopped 47 shots through regulation and overtime, and three more in the shootout as the host Maple Leafs beat the Flames 2-1. 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. The spurt spelled the end of Forsberg's night.

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"Yea, they better", Backstrom joked when told of Ovechkin's remark. The Capitals top-line contributed seven points on the three goals. "Great way to get it started and we kept rolling". Wilson had his first four-point game, and Ovechkin also extended his goals streak to three games.

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

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Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago, which outshot Washington 39-25.

The Capitals look for their sixth win in their last seven tries as they welcome the Hawks to town in what looks like an exciting game on paper but both teams have had issues with consistency this season and both could treat us to a let down. Though the two have complemented each other for more than a decade in Washington, Trotz started the season with them on separate lines. "You can be misled by the shot (total) or maybe it looked like we had some looks there".

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Washington has won seven of its last eight against the Blackhawks. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said there was a "likelihood" that G Corey Crawford would return to the lineup Sunday against Arizona. Oshie, missing his first game with an undisclosed upper-body injury suffered Monday against the San Jose Sharks. Chicago D Michal Kempny, C Tanner Kero and D Jordan Oesterle were healthy scratches for the 10th straight game.

Streaking Capitals host slumping Blackhawks