Chicago came into the season with massive expectations once again as they have the same core for the most part including Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews who have become synonymous with Chicago hockey but they need some help as they haven't been producing at the clip we are used to seeing and as such the team has suffered and haven't been as consistent as they had once hoped for. Washington closes its season-high, five-game homestand Friday against the New York Rangers.
Craig Anderson stopped 19 shots in the Senators' ninth loss in 10 games. The third goal was just showing off, Alex Ovechkin driving the net and punching in the rebound from Wilson's shot.
"Yea, they better", Backstrom joked when told of Ovechkin's remark.
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 RW T.J. Oshie (upper body) did not play.
"It's amusing. Me and Tom have a chat today and said, 'Let's set up Backy.' And we did and he scored a goal", Ovechkin said. He was pulled for Jean-Francois Berube after allowing three goals in the first 15:22 of the game.
Nicklas Backstrom ended a 21-game stretch without a goal and added two assists, and Washington's top-line trio each scored a goal in the first period when the Capitals opened a 3-0 lead. Backstrom's fourth goal of the season lifted the frustration that has amounted on his shoulders throughout the drought. He's doing that. I think he's coming into his own as a player, not just a talent. The spurt spelled the end of Forsberg's night.
After a scoreless first period, Henrique extended his strong start for the Ducks with a goal on a sharp one-timer after Rickard Rakell put the puck in the slot.
Wilson later added a shorthanded empty-net goal with 2:20 left in the game for the first four-point night of his career.
"Obviously, we haven't been scoring three-, four-point nights every night, but I feel like we're getting better and better every day", Backstrom said.