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NHL Roudup: Caps Crush Blackhawks

  • Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby looks on during a break in the action in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, center, of Russia, celebrates his goal with center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, and Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, center, of Sweden, celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)



Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Washington — Tom Wilson had two goals and two assists and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and three assists in the Washington Capitals’ 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

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. Backstrom hadn’t scored since Oct. 14 in Philadelphia, matching the longest drought of his career.

Braden Holtby made 37 saves for Washington to help the Capitals win for the sixth time in seven games. Brett Connolly scored in his third straight game, and Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal. Wilson had his first four-point game, and Ovechkin also extended his goals streak to three games.

Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks are 0-3-2 in their last five.

Maple Leafs 2, Flames 1 (so)

Toronto — Frederik Andersen made 47 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped three more shots in a shootout in the Maple Leafs’ victory over Calgary.

William Nylander scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout, deking to the backhand to beat Mike Smith.