The Capitals chased Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg with three goals in a 3:28 span of the opening frame. 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.
Backstrom ended his goal drought at 11:54 of the first when he finished a tic-tac-toe sequence by one-timing Ovechkin's pass past Forsberg for his fourth of the season. 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.
Kase added his first goal since November 1 later in the period with an exceptional individual effort, including a filthy backhand deke before roofing a backhand over Anderson.
Wilson put the Capitals up 2-0 just under three minutes later, sliding a shot under a seemingly surprised Forsberg's right pad.
The Blackhawks (12-11-5) shook up their lines to get some more offense, and even though they fired 39 shots at Braden Holtby, the changes didn't result in a lot of good scoring opportunities. "You can be misled by the shot (total) or maybe it looked like we had some looks there". He's doing that. I think he's coming into his own as a player, not just a talent.
"It's a different story every night", Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said.
Ottawa lost its second straight game to start a season-high, seven-game road trip and has dropped nine of its last 10 contests.
Nicklas Backstrom is usually the one setting up his Washington Capitals teammates.
Backstrom's goal catapulted the Capitals top-line forward. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford could return Sunday against Arizona.
The Capitals won, 4-1, versus the San Jose Sharks on Monday. Chicago D Michal Kempny, C Tanner Kero and D Jordan Oesterle were healthy scratches for the 10th straight game.