Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom snaps 21-game goal drought against Blackhawks

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Backstrom hadn't scored since October 14 in Philadelphia, matching the second-longest drought of his career.

Henrique has five points in four games with the Ducks, who opened a three-game homestand one night after ending a six-game trip with a shootout loss at Vegas. The five-time defending Pacific Division champions have played most of the season without their top two centers, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler.

Tom Wilson scored twice, Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom registered goals, and the trio combined for seven assists Wednesday as the Capitals used a first-period scoring flurry to cruise to a 6-2 victory over the sliding Chicago Blackhawks.


On the next shift, Wilson sped toward the net, and Forsberg saved the shot with his pad, but Ovechkin had been trailing behind to score on the rebound. "When we got down, they just seemed to feed off it". Ovechkin added an assist to his total when he set up Brett Connolly's power-play goal in the second period, and then he tallied one more with his primary helper on Evgeny Kuznetsov's third-period goal. Shortly after a faceoff in the Hawks defensive zone, Tom Wilson flicked a seemingly harmless puck at the net, but the shot beat Forsberg short side at 14:53 to put the Hawks in a 2-0 hole. It was a soft goal to give up for Forsberg, pressed into duty because top goaltender Corey Crawford is on injured reserve with an undisclosed "lower-body" injury.

NOTES: Washington has won seven straight home games against Chicago. Chicago has lost seven in a row in Washington since January 2006.

"He's always been a guy that's been full committed at both ends of the ice", Holtby said about Wilson.


Washington forward T.J. "I think he's figuring out to create offense at the same time as being very responsible defensively". Capitals F Chandler Stephenson returned after missing a game with an upper-body injury.

Coach Joel Quenneville told reporters Wednesday that there's some "likelihood" Crawford (undisclosed) will play Sunday against the Coyotes. Chicago D Michal Kempny, C Tanner Kero and D Jordan Oesterle were healthy scratches for the 10th straight game.

The New York Rangers remain the league's most valuable team, checking in at $1.5 billion.


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