Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom snaps 21-game goal drought against Blackhawks

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

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. 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. "He's not a goal scorer".

On the next shift, Wilson sped toward the net, and Forsberg saved the shot with his pad, but Ovechkin had been trailing behind to score on the rebound. Wilson had the other assist. Backstrom hadn't scored since October 14 in Philadelphia.

"Yea, they better", Backstrom joked when told of Ovechkin's remark. I thought they played quick and they played heavy, and they sort of took the game over. "When we got down, they just seemed to feed off it".

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.

Washington (17-11-1), which has won six of its past seven, extended its winning streak to three games and is just one point out of first place in the Metropolitan Division. Goalie Laurent Brossoit, who gave up five goals - including four in the third period - in his most recent start, stopped 29 shots. Chicagos goals came from top center Jonathan Toews and wing Lance Bouma. The Blackhawks will be ecstatic to have him back in their lineup once he's given the green light to return, as he's been their best player this season, compiling an 11-7-2 record while posting an impressive.930 save percentage in 21 appearances.

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"Not happy about tonight's game", Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Ottawa lost its second straight game to start a season-high, seven-game road trip and has dropped nine of its last 10 contests.

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Wilson added an empty-netter to cap his career night. "I think he's figuring out to create offense at the same time as being very responsible defensively".

Backstrom's goal catapulted the Capitals top-line forward. Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he didn't know if Oshie would resume skating Thursday. 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.

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