Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Postgame Notes and Audio
Capital One Arena | December 6, 2017
| Chicago Blackhawks
| Washington Capitals
- The Capitals will practice at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
- Alex Ovechkin recorded his NHL-leading 21st goal of the season in the first period. With his goal, Ovechkin has recorded 21 goals in the Caps’ first 29 games of the season, tying his second-highest goal total through the Caps first 29 games of a season (2008-09: 21, 2013-14: 22). Ovechkin has a goal in three-straight games, tied with Brett Connolly for the longest current streak and has eight goals in his last seven games. Additionally, Ovechkin recorded three assists, his second three-assist game of the season (Oct. 28 at Edmonton).
- Braden Holtby stopped 37 of the 39 shots, one save shy of his single-season high (twice, most recently Oct. 28 at Edmonton). Over his last five starts, Holtby is 4-1-0 with a .932 save percentage and has stopped 69 of the last 74 shots he’s faced (.932 save percentage)
- Tom Wilson recorded a career-high four points (2g, 2a) and has two goals and seven assists in his last 12 games and 13 points (4g, 9a) through 24 games this season, on pace for his most productive offensive season since his 2015-16 (23 points, 7g, 16 a). Wilson became the first player in franchise history to record two consecutive three-point games against the Blackhawks (Jan. 13, 2017: 1g, 2a).
- Nicklas Backstrom scored the game’s opening goal, snapping a 21-game goal drought. With that goal, Backstrom passed Bengt-Ake Gustafsson and Kelly Miller for seventh on the franchise even-strength goal list (131). Additionally, Backstrom added two assists. Backstrom led the team with 14 face-off wins on 25 draws (56 percent).
- Brett Connolly recorded his fifth goal and seventh point of the season on a power play. That’s the second-straight game Connolly has recorded a power play goal and his third-straight game with a goal, tied with Ovechkin for the longest current streak.
- Evgeny Kuznetsov extended his point streak to four games (4g, 1a) with a goal against Chicago. Kuznetsov’s most recent goal was his fourth in the last four games. Kuznetsov’s four-game point streak is the longest current streak on the Capitals and one game shy of Backstrom’s five-game point streak from Oct. 7 to Oct. 14 (3g, 8a).
- John Carlson recorded an assist on Kuznetsov’s goal. Carlson has 11 assists in his last 12 games. Additionally, Carlson led the Capitals in blocked shots with four and ice time (25:47). That’s the 23rd time this season Carlson has led the team in ice time.
- Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov and Christian Djoos each recorded an assist.
- Ovechkin led Capitals in shot attempt percentage (17 shot attempts for, 9 against, 65.38 shot attempts percentage).
- Washington has won seven of its last eight games against Chicago and has posted an 10-3-0 record in its last 13 games against the Blackhawks.
- Washington has earned a point in eight of their last nine games at Capital One Arena (7-1-1).
- Washington improved to 11-0-1 when they lead after the first period and 12-0-1 when they lead after the second period.
- Washington improved to 12-0-0 in games where they score at least four goals. Tonight marked the third-straight game the Capitals have recorded at least four goals and the fourth time in the last five games.
- Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 379th consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
Capitals Postgame Audio
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Chicago Blackhawks Postgame Audio
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville