Brett Connolly, middle at right, celebrates his second-period power-play goal with Capitals teammates Wednesday night.
Craig Anderson stopped 19 shots in the Senators' ninth loss in 10 games. The run kicked off when Washington used a picture-perfect, tic-tac-toe passing play to set up its first goal at the 11:54 mark, with Wilson and Ovechkin assisting on Backstrom's fourth goal of the year and his first tally since October 14. "They're having some pretty good production right now". Since reuniting with Backstrom, Ovechkin has eight goals in seven games, riding his best goal-scoring pace since the 2007-08 season, when he scored 65 as a 22-year-old. It didnt help that the Blackhawks are missing injured goaltender Corey Crawford, and backup Anton Forsberg had a rough night. "When we got down, they just seemed to feed off it". Shortly after a faceoff in the Hawks defensive zone, Tom Wilson flicked a seemingly harmless puck at the net, but the shot beat Forsberg short side at 14:53 to put the Hawks in a 2-0 hole.
Braden Holtby turned aside 37 of 39 for his 15th win of the season and four in his past five.
Washington (17-11-1), which has won six of its past seven, extended its winning streak to three games and is just one point out of first place in the Metropolitan Division. But that five minutes doomed them, and they didn't have the firepower to come back after Lance Bouma scored late in the first period to give them a little lift until Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway late in the third.
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Wilson later added a shorthanded empty-net goal with 2:20 left in the game for the first four-point night of his career. "You can be misled by the shot (total) or maybe it looked like we had some looks there".
Backstrom's goal catapulted the Capitals top-line forward.
Coach Joel Quenneville told reporters Wednesday that there's some "likelihood" Crawford (undisclosed) will play Sunday against the Coyotes. Oshie missed the game after sustaining an upper-body injury Monday night against San Jose. Chicago D Michal Kempny, C Tanner Kero and D Jordan Oesterle were healthy scratches for the 10th straight game.
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