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

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

When does the skill of the top players who have won three Stanley Cups begin to emerge, allowing the Blackhawks to shed this current, middling version of themselves and become the contenders they have been the past decade?

Alexander Ovechkin scored his league-leading 21st goal, Nicklas Backstrom ended a 21-game goal-scoring drought, and Tom Wilson scored twice as the Washington Capitals cruised to a 6-2 victory over the sliding Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. Washington closes its season-high, five-game homestand Friday against the New York Rangers.

Wilson put the Capitals up 2-0 just under three minutes later, sliding a shot under a seemingly surprised Forsberg's right pad. Kane has never scored a goal AT Washington. Ovechkin scored shortly after to signal an abrubt end to Forsberg's night.

Wilson had two goals and two assists for his first four-point game, and Ovechkin had a goal and three assists, and the duo made good on their plan to get Backstrom a goal. "When we got down, they just seemed to feed off it". Although he hasn't played regularly behind John Gibson, Miller remained unbeaten in regulation for his new team (3-0-4).

The Capitals look for their sixth win in their last seven tries as they welcome the Hawks to town in what looks like an exciting game on paper but both teams have had issues with consistency this season and both could treat us to a let down.

Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago, which outshot Washington 39-25.

The Capitals chased Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg with three goals in a 3:28 span of the opening frame.

During the first period, Backstrom patroled the Capitals' offensive zone as Tom Wilson dished the puck to Alex Ovechkin. Chicago has lost seven in a row in Washington since January 2006. Oshie, missing his first game with an undisclosed upper-body injury suffered Monday against the San Jose Sharks. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said there was a "likelihood" that G Corey Crawford would return to the lineup Sunday against Arizona. Chicago D Michal Kempny, C Tanner Kero and D Jordan Oesterle were healthy scratches for the 10th straight game.