Have a night, Washington.
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. Your explosion on offense forced Joel Quenneville to abandon starting goaltender Anton Forsberg before the first intermission. And your captain increased his lead in the NHL’s goal-scoring race after a four-point night.
Oh, and you won 6-2 to push your winning streak to three games on the back of your scintillating top line, which combined for 11 points, including Tom Wilson‘s two goals and two helpers to match Ovechkin’s point total for the night.
Indeed, the Capitals played the way they wanted to on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks, who have now lost five straight.
Nicklas Backstrom, who had a goal and two assists, Wilson and Alex Ovechkin, who scored his NHL leading 21st goal, tallied in a span of 3:28 in the second half of the first frame. The spurt spelled the end of Forsberg’s night. He allowed three goals on 10 shots.
Lance Bouma pulled one back for Chicago before the period was out.
But Washington was just too strong.
Jonathan Toews scored a slick goal late in the period off a dirty backhand deke.
But Wilson scored his second of the game, this time from long-range into the empty net for a 6-2 final scoreline.
Braden Holtby turned aside 37 of 39 for his 15th win of the season and four in his past five.