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Capitals top line starting to find rhythm after Blackhawks rout

Capitals top line starting to find rhythm after Blackhawks rout

In Wednesday's 6-2 win against the reeling Chicago Blackhawks, all three players on Washington's top line had goals in the first period and finished with 11 of the team's 17 points.

On the next shift, Wilson sped toward the net, and Forsberg saved the shot with his pad, but Ovechkin had been trailing behind to score on the rebound. "Especially when you play against a great team, you have a tough matchup and when you beat them the feeling is unbelievable". The goal was part of a career-high four points (two goals, two assists) for Wilson.

Rookie sensation Alex DeBrincat will remain on the third line, with Lance Bouma and Nick Schmaltz taking over as his linemates.

The Chicago Blackhawks have lost four games in a row, and head coach Joel Quenneville has taken a sledgehammer to his line combinations as he is apparently ready to start from scratch. Andre Burakovsky practiced for a second straight day but Trotz said his return from surgery on his broken thumb will likely be put off another game or two.

This successful stretch for the Capitals has coincided with the team's longest homestand of the season and the reunion of Ovechkin and Backstrom.

Wilson's spinning shot from the left circle eluded Forsberg with 5:07 to go in the first period.

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Washington has won seven of its last eight against the Blackhawks.

Wilson added an empty-netter to cap his career night.

T.J. Oshie remains questionable with an upper body injury while Chandler Stephenson is probable with an upper body injury.

Said Holtby: "You look at a lot of really good lines, there's usually that guy doing the hard work, the gritty work, keeping pucks alive in the corners and playing well in the [defensive] zone to create transition". Trotz said forward Andre Burakovsky, out since October after surgery to fix his broken left thumb, could possibly play Friday against the New York Rangers. "Right now I think maybe there's hope on Friday", Quenneville said, "maybe the likelihood might be Sunday but we'll see.".

Crawford resumed skating in Chicago on Wednesday, so he's clearly making progress in his recovery from the undisclosed ailment that will keep him sidelined for at least two more games.

Capitals: Host the New York Rangers on Friday night.


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