Blackhawks rack up goals while beating Capitals
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[January 21, 2019]
Jonathan Toews finished with
three goals and two assists while Patrick Kane added two goals and
two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a six-game losing
streak with an 8-5 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals on
The Blackhawks scored four goals in the first 23 minutes and then
added four more in the third period while slumping Washington twice
sliced the lead to one. The Capitals have dropped five in a row, the
first time that's happened since early in the 2014-15 season.
Washington simply couldn't stop Toews (five points) and Kane (four)
as Chicago finished with at least three goals in two of the three
The Capitals have fallen out of first place in the Metropolitan
Division during this skid, where both their offense and defense have
struggled. Coach Todd Reirden tried to get the offense going in this
game by shaking up his lines, even dropping top-line center Evgeny
Kuznetsov to the third line but the defense couldn't hold on.
The Blackhawks entered the game ranked last in the National Hockey
League in wins and points but certainly did not look like that,
especially early and late.
Brandon Saad scored the first goal 6:36 into the game on a strong
individual effort. He broke through two defensemen and beat goalie
Braden Holtby from in close.
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Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) shoots and scores against
the Washington Capitals during the third period at United Center.
Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks made it 2-0 just 1:20 later when Kane scored his
first goal. Brooks Orpik cut the lead to 2-1 with his shot from near
the left wall with 5:35 left but Toews was credited with his first
goal just 28 seconds later when Washington's Dmitry Orlov tried to
knock a puck out of the air with his hand and instead put it into
Holtby's day ended when Alex DeBrincat scored 2:30 into the second
period for a 4-1 lead. Orlov notched one later in the second period
before John Carlson added a third-period goal at 3:09.
Kane and Toews then beat goalie Pheonix Copley to make it 6-3 before
Carlson and Matt Niskanen answered for Washington. Toews completed
his hat trick by scoring on a breakaway with 5:03 left -- assisted
by Kane -- to give the Blackhawks insurance. Dylan Strome later
added an empty-netter.
--Field Level Media
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