The Caps are at their best when they get offensive contributions from all four lines.
On Wednesday night, however, they only needed one line.
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson took turns scoring goals in the first period as they downed Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks, 6-2, at Capital One Arena.
Washington has won three straight games and six of the last seven. Chicago, meantime, has lost five straight games overall, while their futility in D.C. now stretches all the way back to 2006, a span of seven contests.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Tom Wilson, Capitals
It was, um, an active night for No. 43. He scored two goals, racked up a primary assist and a secondary assist, drew a penalty, was assessed penalties for boarding and roughing and gave everyone a brief scare after leaving the bench for a few minutes with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
The performance marked Wilson’s first four-point game. His previous best? A three-point night...against the Blackhawks in January.
2-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
Ovechkin, already enjoying a bounce-back season to remember, had another huge night. The Caps’ captain racked up a goal and three primary assists, giving him his first four-point night since he scored four goals against Montreal in the home opener back on Oct. 7.
Ovechkin now has 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) in 15 career games against the Blackhawks.
3-Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals
Backstrom opened the scoring to end a nightmarish goal drought that had reached 21 games.
But he wasn’t done; No. 19 also chipped in with a pair of assists—one on Wilson’s first tally and the other on Brett Connolly’s power play strike late in the second period. This was Backstrom’s first game with at least three points since he posted four against the Devils on Oct. 13. Connolly, by the way, has a goal in three straight games.
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