WASHINGTON (AP) – Nicklas Backstrom is usually the one who prepares his Washington Capitals teammates.
Two of them returned favor Wednesday night.
Backstrom finished with a drought of 21 games and had two assists, and Backstrom's trio, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson combined for 11 points in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. 19659008] Wilson had two goals and two assists for his first four-point game, and Ovechkin had one goal and three assists, and the duo fulfilled their plan for a Backstrom goal.
"It's funny, Tom and I chat today and you said:" Let's set up Backy "and we did it and he scored a goal," Ovechkin said. "He's not a goal scorer, he's more of a passer, he likes to pass, but it's good to put him on the board."
Backstrom finished his goal drought at 11:54 of the first when he finished a tic-tac – sequence of shots for a while, Ovechkin's pass beyond Forsberg for his fourth of the season. Wilson had the other help. Backstrom had not scored since Oct. 14 in Philadelphia, matching the second longest drought of his career.
"Yes, it's better," joked Backstrom when Ovechkin's comment was told. "It was a great play for both of us, a great way to start and we keep rolling."
Wilson and Ovechkin soon scored to make it 3-0.
Braden Holtby made 37 saves for Washington to help Los Capitales win for the sixth time in seven games, a streak that began when the Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson line was formed.
Brett Connolly scored in his third straight game, and Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal. Ovechkin extended his scoring streak to three games.
Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago, which beat Washington 39-25. The Blackhawks are 0-3-2 in their last five.
"I'm not happy with the game tonight," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He could be tricked by the shot (total) or maybe it seemed we had some aspects there, the volume of our shots hit him directly in the chest without the possibility of getting a second chance if there was someone in the network or not."  Wilson's spinning shot from the left circle eluded Forsberg with 5:07 in the first period.
Anton Forsberg, starting in place of the injured Corey Crawford, was retired after Ovechkin's goal converted him to 3- 0 with 4:38 in the first. J.F Berube finished in goal for Chicago.
Washington has won seven of its last eight against the Blackhawks. Chicago has lost seven in a row in Washington since January 2006.
Wilson added an empty net to end his career night.
"He has always been a man completely committed to both ends of the ice," Holtby said of Wilson. "I think he's trying to create offense at the same time he's very responsible on the defensive."
NOTES: Washington forward T.J. Oshie missed the game after suffering an upper body injury on Monday night against San Jose. Capital coach Barry Trotz said he did not know if Oshie would resume skating on Thursday. Trotz said forward Andre Burakovsky, out since October after surgery to repair his broken left thumb, could play Friday against the New York Rangers. … Capitals F Chandler Stephenson returned after missing a game with an upper body injury. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford could return to Arizona on Sunday. "At this moment, I think there may be hope on Friday," said Quenneville, "maybe the probability is Sunday, but we'll see." … Chicago D Michal Kempny, C Tanner Kero and D Jordan Oesterle were healthy scratches for the 10th consecutive game.
Blackhawks: Host Buffalo on Friday night.
Capitals: Organize the New York Rangers on Friday night.
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