Wilson, Ovechkin lead Capitals past Blackhawks, 6-2

Leslie Hanson
December 7, 2017

Will the Washington Capitals handle the Chicago Blackhawks as a home favorite on Wednesday night when the two teams meet at 8:00 p.m. ET? Ovechkin is the 11 player in National Hockey League history to score 20+ goals in each of his first 13 seasons.

Captain Alex Ovechkin became the first player in the league to score 20 goals and in the process moved into 20th place on the all-time list with his 578th tally. "He likes to pass, but it's nice to put him on the board". The spurt spelled the end of Forsberg's night. The goal was part of a career-high four points (two goals, two assists) for Wilson. Though Backstrom has steadily been accumulating assists, he entered Wednesday night's game without a goal since October 14, Washington's sixth game of the season.

"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. "Great way to get it started and we kept rolling".

Nicklas Backstrom ended a 21-game stretch without a goal and added two assists, and Washington's top-line trio each scored a goal in the first period when the Capitals opened a 3-0 lead.

Wilson scored three minutes after Backstrom, netting a wrist-shot past Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg.

Lance Bouma pulled one back for Chicago before the period was out. Now the Blackhawks are 12-11-5 on the season and haven't seen a victory in a week-and-a-half. "You can be misled by the shot (total) or maybe it looked like we had some looks there".

Washington has won seven of its last eight against the Blackhawks. Washington has had plenty of success against the Central division as they are 14-5 in their last 19 games against the Central division and they have won six of their last against the Blackhawks which bodes incredibly well for them in this spot as the Hawks have been bad of late and the Caps appear to be on an upswing.

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

Washington forward T.J. Oshie, missing his first game with an undisclosed upper-body injury suffered Monday against the San Jose Sharks.

Backstrom's production, or lack thereof, could be attributed to head coach Barry Trotz' opting to seperate Backstrom and Ovechkin to different lines.

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