The Chicago Blackhawks were looking for five straight wins.
Something had to give. The Capitals came flying out of the gate on home ice, gathering a three-goal lead in a first period dominated by the hosts. Jay Beagle and Nicklas Backstrom scored just 13 seconds apart, as Washington took a 2-0 lead. Brett Connolly rounded out the scoring in the first period, as the Capitals outshot the Blackhawks 14-5.
Obviously not a great start for the Blackhawks. They were better to begin the second period, with a goal being called back after a successful coach’s challenge for goalie interference.