WASHINGTON CAPITALS center Nicklas Backstrom, center, celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in Washington. Backstrom scored a goal for the first time in 21 games as the Capitals rolled to a 6-2 victory.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS center Nicklas Backstrom, center, celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in Washington. Backstrom scored a goal for the first time in 21 games as the Capitals rolled to a 6-2 victory.

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Tom Wilson had two goals and two assists and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and three assists in the Washington Capitals’ 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Nicklas Backstrom ended a 21-game stretch without a goal and added two assists, and Washington’s top-line trio each scored a goal in the first period when the Capitals opened a 3-0 lead. Backstrom hadn’t scored since Oct. 14 in Philadelphia.

Braden Holtby made 37 saves for Washington to help the Capitals win for the sixth time in seven games. Brett Connolly scored in his third straight game, and Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal. Wilson had his first four-point game, and Ovechkin also extended his goals streak to three games.

Lance Bouma and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks are 0-3-2 in their last five.

Ducks 3, Senators 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Adam Henrique scored his first two goals for the Ducks in his home debut, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves for his first shutout for Anaheim in victory over slumping Ottawa.

Ondrej Kase also scored, and Henrique added an empty-netter to his second period opening goal as the Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak.

Maple Leafs 2, Flames 1

TORONTO (AP) — Frederik Andersen made 47 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped three more shots in a shootout in Toronto’s victory over Calgary.

William Nylander scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout, deking to the back hand to beat Mike Smith. Morgan Rielly scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs. Toronto improved to 18-10-1 and moved into second place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind Tampa Bay.

Flyers 4, Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist and Philadelphia beat Edmonton for its second straight victory after losing 10 in a row.

Jordan Weal, Dale Weise and Michael Raffl also scored.


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