The fiercest of rivalries came our way for Wednesday’s rivalry night as Chicago visited DC.
Nicklas Backstrom had not scored in 21 games. That ended tonight as he was on the finishing end of a tic-tac-toe goal to put the Caps up 1-0 in the first. Minutes later, Tom Wilson scored from the #WillySpot he always scores from to put the Caps up 2-0. But the first line wasn’t done yet. Soon enough, Wilson was stopped on a breakaway (yes, really) but Ovechkin put away the rebound to stretch the lead to 3-0. The Blackhawks made it 3-1 late in the first when Lance Bouma (who is a real NHL player) put home a rebound.
The Blackhawks dominated the second period, but Braden Holtby stayed strong. Late in the period, Brett Connolly notched a power play goal to extend the lead back to three.
In the third, Mr. Rodeo, Evgeny Kuznetsov, put the home team up 5-1. With under five minutes to play, Jonathan Toews turned an Ovechkin miscue into a breakaway goal to make the game 5-2. Tom freaking Wilson added an empty-net goal to cap off a four-point night.
Caps beat Blackhawks 6-2!