Chicago at Washington

Holtby's 26 saves lift Capitals to 4-1 win over Blackhawks

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WASHINGTON (AP) Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots, Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in his return to the Washington lineup and the Capitals beat the punchless Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Thursday night.

John Carlson, T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen also scored the Capitals, who welcomed back Ovechkin following a one-game disciplinary absence.

Coming off a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia one night earlier, the Blackhawks trailed by three goals in this one before Viktor Svedberg got his first goal of the season at 3:13 of the third period. That ended a scoreless drought of 107 minutes, 46 seconds for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Ovechkin sealed the victory at 14:18, scoring from the left side of the net after a back-and-forth with teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Ovechkin was benched Tuesday night in Washington's 5-0 loss to San Jose after missing practice that morning. He said he overslept after accidentally setting his alarm for 8:30 p.m. instead of 8:30 a.m.

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Scoreboard
Chicago (2-3-0)0011
Washington  (2-1-0) «1124
Three Stars
B. Holtby
WAS


Saves: 26
Save Pct.: .963
J. Carlson
WAS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
E. Kuznetsov
WAS


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:48Power Play - T.J. Oshie (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Kuznetsov, Carlson
2ND PERIOD
03:09 - John Carlson (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Galiev, Johansson
3RD PERIOD
02:32 - Matt Niskanen (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Johansson, Burakovsky
03:13 - Viktor Svedberg (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Panarin, Anisimov
14:18 - Alex Ovechkin (2), Tip-In. Assist: Kuznetsov, Oshie
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:31Tikhonov, 2 min, Interference
17:41Ovechkin, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
05:04Shaw, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
 123T
CHI517527
WAS96924
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Scott Darling60:00204
Braden Holtby59:48261
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Attendance - 18506
Referees - Marc Joannette, Francois St-Laurent
Linesmen - Shandor Alphonso, David Brisebois
 
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