Blackhawks Pound Capitals 7-1

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The Washington Capitals were trounced by the Chicago Blackhawks 7-1 Saturday night in Chicago. The Blackhawks would open the scoring early in the first before Tom Wilson tied things up with a tally midway through the opening period. The ‘Hawks would add two more goals, the last with less than 2 seconds left in the period, to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. The Blackhawks would add three more goals in the second period to make it 6-1 by the second intermission. The Blackhawks would add another in the third. The Capitals return to the ice on Monday afternoon in Buffalo. Puck drop is 3:00PM. 

Braden Holtby (28-10-4, 2.82 GAA, .913 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Anton Forsberg (5-11-3, 3.06 GAA, .907 sv%) got the start in goal for the Blackhawks. The Capitals starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the game:


Scratches: Jakub Vrana and Taylor Chorney.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring with a goal by Jonathan Toews at 6:19 of the opening frame. This was Toews 16th goal of the season.

Tom Wilson would tie things up with a goal at 10:03 of the first period. The goal was Wilson’s 10th of the season.

But the Hawks would regain the lead with a goal by Brandon Saad at 12:47 of the opening frame, making it 2-1.

The Hawks would add another marker just before the period expired. This time Nick Schmaltz would get in on the action, registering a tally at 19:58 of the first period.

The Blackhawks outshot the Capitals 21-6 for the opening frame.

The period would go scoreless until the Blackhawks picked off a Brooks Orpik pass at center ice and converted a 2-0 breakaway, with Patrick Kane driving home the tally at 16:22 of the middle frame.

The Blackhawks would make it 5-1 with a goal from Ryan Hartman at 17:32 of the second period.

The Hawks would add a sixth goal before the second intermission, making it 6-1 after 40 minutes.

The Blackhawks would continue the scoring in the third period. Alex DeBrincat would make it 7-1.


  • NHL box score is here.

By Jon Sorensen


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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15 Responses to Blackhawks Pound Capitals 7-1

  1. Harrison Brown says:

    Brutal. I was at the game and lost after two periods.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    And to think the Caps could have drafted DeBrincat instead of drafting Lukas Johansen.

    • AGREEEED!!!!

      Although plenty of other clubs made the same mistake on Debrincat…not that it hurts any less after George McPhee traded the one time jewel of our farm system (Filip Forsberg) for two future Hall-of-Famers (Martin Erat & Michael Latta) who are no longer on the team, or even in the league as far as I know…


      Sta. Monica

  3. The defense was costly. Too many turnovers.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Orpik gets worse by the day… Flyers, pens, devils and jacket the other 4 teams in the playoffs with the caps… flip a coin! Wait til trade deadline

    • GMBM will NEVER trade Brooks Orpik…He LOVES him, and likes the fact that Brooks is among the league leaders in hits and, I think, blocked shots. Never mind the fact that he repeatedly takes poor angles to puck carriers and commits stupid-assed mistakes and penalties no veteran player should (like erstwhile and soon to be re-acquired Mike Green did frequently)


      Santa Monica, California

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