Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson chalk up four points each as Capit

Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson chalk up four points each as Capit

Postautor: Angel92 » 12 gru 2017, o 05:48

The first goal was a relief, Nicklas Backstrom’s 21-game drought finally over after he completed a tic-tac-toe passing sequence. The second goal was a surprise, Tom Wilson’s shot off the faceoff one that Chicago’s Anton Forsberg probably shouldn’t have allowed. The third goal was just showing off, Alex Ovechkin driving the net and punching in the rebound from Wilson’s shot.ObrazekThat capped Washington’s first-line offensive outburst, a goal from each member in a 3:28 span in the first period. Forsberg was yanked from net in favor of Jean-Francois Berube, and the Capitals rolled to a 6-2 win over the Blackhawks at Capital One Arena.“It was a very good night for them,” Coach Barry Trotz said of his top trio. “I thought they came out with a pretty good focus. I thought they played quick and they played heavy, and they sort of took the game over. .?.?. That line carried us tonight.”Washington (17-11-1), which has won six of its past seven, extended its winning streak to three games and is just one point out of Chris Terry Authentic Jersey first place in Brett Favre Jersey the Metropolitan Division. On Wednesday night, the Capitals did it without top-six forward T.J. Oshie, missing his first game with an undisclosed upper-body injury suffered Monday against the San Jose Sharks. The top line’s scoring onslaught gave Washington a comfortable 3-0 lead to work with, and goaltender Braden Holtby made a whopping 37 saves to keep the Blackhawks at bay.This successful stretch for the Capitals has coincided with the team’s longest homestand of the season and the reunion of Ovechkin and Backstrom. Though the two have complemented each other for more than a Geno Smith Youth Jersey decade in Washington, Trotz started the season with them on separate lines. As both settled into scoring slumps two weeks ago, Trotz reconfigured his forward trios to have Ovechkin and Backstrom skating beside each other again. Their Heath Miller Authentic Jersey new linemate was a surprising choice in Wilson, who has never scored more than seven goals in a season.The lineup tweak worked wonders. 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. Though Backstrom has steadily been accumulating assists, he entered Wednesday night’s game without a goal since Oct. 14, Washington’s sixth game of the season. Two games away from tying his career-worst goal drought of 23 games, Backstrom swatted in Ovechkin’s cross-crease feed 11:54 into Wednesday’s game for his fourth goal of the season.“Me and Tom had a chat today and said, ‘Let’s set up Backy,’?” Ovechkin said. “And we did and he scored a goal.”
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