NHL: Caps take control early in win over Blackhawks

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

Deletes incorrect reference to matching longest goal drought of career in second paragraph.

The Blackhawks are 0-2-1 with backup Anton Forsberg in the net, and the newcomer bottomed out in Washington on Wednesday night with the kind of soft goal one rarely sees at the National Hockey League level, a bad-angle toss on net from Tom Wilson that appeared to catch Forsberg unaware, as if he was expecting the puck to be rotated to the top instead of shot on goal, and it went right through him to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead in the first.

Nicklas Backstrom, who had a goal and two assists, Wilson and Alex Ovechkin, who scored his National Hockey League leading 21st goal, tallied in a span of 3:28 in the second half of the first frame. With AP Photos.Tom Wilson had two goals and two assists and Alex Ovechkin and had a goal and three assists in the Washington Capitals' 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Backstrom hadn't scored since October 14 in Philadelphia, matching the longest drought of his career.

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Lance Bouma pulled one back for Chicago before the period was out.

You managed to jump out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period after scoring three times in roughly three-and-a-half minutes.

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Washington has won seven of its last eight against the Blackhawks.

Indeed, the Capitals played the way they wanted to on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks, who have now lost five straight.

Wilson's spinning shot from the left circle eluded Forsberg with 5:07 to go, and Ovechkin scored his 21st goal when he cleaned up 29 seconds later after Forsberg made the initial save on Wilson's breakaway. Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he didn't know if Oshie would resume skating Thursday.

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