Capitals Blast Blackhawks 6-0, Win 8th Straight

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The Washington Capitals beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-0 Friday night at Verizon Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 28-9-5, and extended the Capitals winning streak to eight consecutive games. The Capitals next host the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center. Puck-drop is 1:00 PM. 

blackhawks-ar-capitalsBraden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Corey Crawford got the start for the Blackhawks.

Taylor Chorney was the healthy scratch for this one.

Philipp Grubauer will likely get the start on Sunday versus the Flyers, with Braden Holtby going against the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Monday.

This was the Capitals’ 339th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.


  • The Capitals once again struck quickly, as Jay Beagle and Nicklas Backstrom each registered tallies in the first 6:17 of the opening frame.
  • The Capitals dominated the first period of play, outscoring the Hawks 3-0, and outshooting the Blackhawks 14-5.
  • This was Braden Holtby’s 6th shutout of the season.
  • Jay Beagle had two goals in the game.
  • Tom Wilson had a goal and two assists.
  • Nicklas Backstrom and TJ Oshie each had a goal and an assist in the game.
  • Lars Eller and Nate Schmidt each had two assists in the game.
  • All four lines scored a goal in the game.
  • The Capitals chased the starting goaltender for a 3rd time in 11 games.
  • The Capitals had no power play opportunities in the game.
  • Capitals have won 8-straight games.
  • Capitals post-game notes, stats and interviews are here.

Jay Beagle would continue his successful ways against the Blackhawks by notching the game’s first goal at 6:04 of the opening frame. He would have two goals in the game.

Nicklas Backstrom would stretch the Capitals lead to 2-0 just 13 seconds later, at the 6:17 mark of the opening frame.

Brett Connolly would advance the Capitals lead to 3-0 at the 17:49 mark of the opening frame.

The first period would end with the Caps leading 3-0. The Capitals outshot the Blackhawks 14-5 for the opening frame.

The Blackhawks stepped-up their offensive zone pressure from the start of the second period. Chicago had a goal waived-off due to goaltender interference early in the period. Tom Wilson would notch the Capitals 4th goal of the game at the 17:01 mark of the middle frame.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 4-0. The Capitals would successfully kill two penalties in the middle frame. The Blackhawks led in shots on goal 12-10 for the second period. The Capitals led in shots on goal 24-17 through the first two periods.

TJ Oshie would make it 5-0 on the know-in of a rebound at the 8:11 mark of the final frame, chasing Corey Crawford from the game.


Jay Beagle would make it 6-0, and that would be the final. Braden Holtby would earn his 6th shutout of the season.


Post-game interviews:


By Jon Sorensen


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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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