NHL Capsules: Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin help Capitals rout Blackhawks 6-2

Shot Attempt %
51.7%
47.8%
PDO
101.0
100.8
Power Play
16.1%
21.7%
Penalty Kill
84.4%
78.0

During the first period, Backstrom patroled the Capitals' offensive zone as Tom Wilson dished the puck to Alex Ovechkin. Since reuniting with Backstrom, Ovechkin has eight goals in seven games, riding his best goal-scoring pace since the 2007-08 season, when he scored 65 as a 22-year-old. Ovechkin scored shortly after to signal an abrubt end to Forsberg's night.

The Blackhawks head into Wednesday night's show down with the Capitals looking to maintain their recent success against Metro division opponents as they are 10-2 in their last 12 contests but they have dropped four games in a row overall and need to shake out of their early season funk. First, Nicklas Backstrom snapped a 21-game goalless streak after he scored from the slot 11:54 into the period. When does the skill of the top players who have won three Stanley Cups begin to emerge, allowing the Blackhawks to shed this current, middling version of themselves and become the contenders they have been the past decade? "When we got down, they just seemed to feed off it". "You can be misled by the shot (total) or maybe it looked like we had some looks there".

"It's a different story every night", Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said.

After Brett Connolly scored the lone goal of the second period to make it 4-1, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 10th to push the lead to 5-1 in the third.

"Our offense is clicking right now", Holtby said. "They were really feeling it. Tom's really come into his own, so that's good to see". On Wednesday night, the Capitals did it without top-six forward T.J. Washington closes its season-high, five-game homestand Friday against the New York Rangers.

Coach Joel Quenneville told reporters Wednesday that there's some "likelihood" Crawford (undisclosed) will play Sunday against the Coyotes. Oshie, missing his first game with an undisclosed upper-body injury suffered Monday against the San Jose Sharks. 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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