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10 observations: Blackhawks beat Capitals in shootout

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Blackhawks defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout at Capital One Arena on Thursday.

Here are 10 observations from the win:

1. The Blackhawks beat the Capitals in Washington for the first time since Jan. 10, 2006. It was the longest active home winning streak against a single opponent — eight games.

2. After changing up the units and working on the power play for the majority of practice on Wednesday, the Blackhawks finally got back on the scoresheet. They scored a goal on the man advantage for the first time since Nov. 12, ending a 1-for-30 drought.

3. And the player who scored the goal on the power play? Dominik Kubalik, who ended a 15-goal drought of his own. It was his fourth goal of the season, three of which have come on the power play and the other was a 6-on-5 goal. He's still searching for his first 5-on-5 goal of the season, but this will work for now.

4. The Blackhawks gave up 30 scoring chances during 5-on-5 action, according to Natural Stat Trick. It's the fourth-most they've given up in a game this season.

5. Alex DeBrincat scored a goal, added an assist and had a game-high seven shots on goal. Five of those shots came from the slot. He was the only Blackhawk that had more than one shot on net from the slot.

6. The Blackhawks generated 11 scoring chances off the rush (nine in regulation), according to Sportlogiq. They had only two in Sunday's 2-0 loss to San Jose.

 

7. Josiah Slavin made his NHL debut and centered the fourth line in between Ryan Carpenter and Mike Hardman. And he didn't look out of place. He recorded three shots on goal and a primary assist in 10:40 of ice time. He got some early work on the penalty kill with Jonathan Toews, too.

8. Connor Murphy left the game 22 seconds into the middle frame after taking a high hit from Alex Ovechkin. The Capitals scored on the very next shift and Murphy did not return. It was an unfortunate sequence.

9. On Washington's third goal, Marc-Andre Fleury was tapping his stick on the ice to alert his team that the power play was expiring but nobody heard him. Garnet Hathaway jumped out of the box and had a wide-open breakaway from the blue line and scored.

10. Calvin de Haan did not play due to lower back soreness. The Blackhawks are hoping he will be cleared to return at some point in New York. Riley Stillman made the trip and was on the ice for morning skate but did not play as he works his way back from a knee injury. Reese Johnson was a healthy scratch.

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