10/20 20:51 CDT Wilson snaps tie with 3rd period goal, Caps edge Blackhawks
Wilson snaps tie with 3rd period goal, Caps edge Blackhawks
By MATT CARLSON
CHICAGO (AP) --- Tom Wilson broke a tie with 8:13 left and the Washington
Capitals rebounded after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Chicago Blackhawks
5-3 on Sunday for their third straight win.
Wilson beat Corey Crawford from the right edge of the crease with his third
goal after he was left open and took a cross-ice pass from Carl Hagelin to put
Washington ahead 4-3. Lars Eller added an empty-netter from his own zone with
49.3 seconds remaining.
T.J. Oshie, Nic Dowd and Alex Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals, who got 41
saves from Braden Holtby. Hagelin had two assists.
Drake Caggiula, Dominik Kubalik and Patrick Kane connected for the Blackhawks,
who rallied to tie it at 3 midway through the third. Alexander Nylander had two
assists and Corey Crawford blocked 25 shots as Chicago's two-game winning
Washington defenseman John Carlson assisted on Ovechkin's goal. He entered with
17 points, tied with Edmonton's Connor McDavid for the NHL lead.
Kirby Dach, the third-overall draft pick in the 2019 draft, made his NHL debut
for Chicago. The 18-year-old started centering a line with Kane and Dylan
Oshie opened the scoring with his team-leading seventh goal, on a power play at
9:25 of the first and just eight seconds after Andrew Shaw was penalized for
Following a faceoff in the Chicago zone, Evgeny Kuznetsov stole the puck from
Duncan Keith along the back boards and fed it to Oshie, who was storming to the
net. Oshie ripped in a 15-foot shot past Crawford before the goalie could react.
Chicago dominated later in the first, but Holtby was able to turn aside several
prime chances. The Blackhawks kept up the pressure until Caggiula tied it 1-all
at 8:15 of the second on their 26th shot.
Holtby stopped Ryan Carpenter from the slot, but the rebound popped to the left
of the net. Alexander Nylander corralled the loose puck and made a nifty
behind-the-back pass to Caggiula, who was open the right edge of the crease.
Washington's Chandler Stephenson was slapped with a double-minor for
high-sticking and cutting Dach near the mouth at 9:25 of the second. Dowd
scored a short-handed goal 28 seconds into the first penalty to give the
Capitals a 2-1 lead and short circuit Chicago's momentum.
After Kane lost the puck, Carl Hagelin carried it down the left wing on a
2-on-1 break with Dowd. He dished it to Dowd who fired a high one-timer past
Chicago managed only two shots during the four-minute power play.
Ovechkin made it 3-1 at 3:52 of the third when he beat Crawford from the left
circle with a one-timer after taking Carlson's cross-ice pass.
Kubalik cut it to 3-2 just 2:13 later. After Holtby stopped Brandon Saad's
point-blank backhander, Kubalik buried the rebound from the edge of the crease.
Kane tied it 3 at 9:58, fooling Holtby from the right circle. After carrying
the puck down the wing, Kane hesitated for a second, then fired a shot between
NOTES: Dach was the youngest player (18 years, 272 days) to make his debut with
the Blackhawks since Kane (18 years, 319 days) in 2007. Dach suffered a
concussion in the Traverse City (Michigan) prospects tournament in September
and eventually was sent to Rockford of the AHL for a three-game conditioning
stint before being recalled on Friday. ... Washington F Richard Panik (left
shoulder) missed his second game after being injured in a collision with
teammate and D Jonas Siegenthaler. Panik is on long-term injured reserve.
Capitals: At Calgary on Tuesday for the second game of a five-game road trip.
Blackhawks: Host Vegas on Tuesday night.
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