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Video: Capitals put the Blackhawks against the ropes early in search for eighth straight win

Fresh off Alex Ovechkin’s milestone career achievement, the Washington Capitals entered Friday’s game in search of their eighth straight win.

The Chicago Blackhawks were looking for five straight wins.

Something had to give. The Capitals came flying out of the gate on home ice, gathering a three-goal lead in a first period dominated by the hosts. Jay Beagle and Nicklas Backstrom scored just 13 seconds apart, as Washington took a 2-0 lead. Brett Connolly rounded out the scoring in the first period, as the Capitals outshot the Blackhawks 14-5.

Obviously not a great start for the Blackhawks. They were better to begin the second period, with a goal being called back after a successful coach’s challenge for goalie interference.