Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom snaps 21-game goal drought against Blackhawks

Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom snaps 21-game goal drought against Blackhawks

Two of them returned the favor Wednesday night. 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.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Adam Henrique scored his first two goals for the Ducks in his home debut, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves for his first shutout for Anaheim in victory over slumping Ottawa. Ovechkin scored shortly after to signal an abrubt end to Forsberg's night. Backstrom hadn't scored since October 14 in Philadelphia, matching the second-longest drought of his career.

During the first period, Backstrom patroled the Capitals' offensive zone as Tom Wilson dished the puck to Alex Ovechkin. I thought they played quick and they played heavy, and they sort of took the game over. "He gets pucks, he keeps plays alive". 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. He allowed three goals on 10 shots. You can't fault Joel Quenneville for trying, especially after his team failed to win any of their four games last week. "You can be misled by the shot (total) or maybe it looked like we had some looks there". It was a soft goal to give up for Forsberg, pressed into duty because top goaltender Corey Crawford is on injured reserve with an undisclosed "lower-body" injury. The Blackhawks have failed to win in 13 of their last 19 road games as well. "I think he's figuring out to create offense at the same time as being very responsible defensively". On Wednesday night, the Capitals did it without top-six forward T.J.

The Capitals won, 4-1, versus the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

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Backstrom's production, or lack thereof, could be attributed to head coach Barry Trotz' opting to seperate Backstrom and Ovechkin to different lines. 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. However, forward Chandler Stephenson (upper body) is expected back in the lineup following a one-game absence.

Chicago's leading scorer Patrick Kane (27 points) has gone two straight games without a point.

Capitals: Host the New York Rangers on Friday night.

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