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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Capitals, 5-3

Full coverage from Chicago's 5-3 loss to Washington

by Monterey Pepper /

Despite a game-tying goal from Patrick Kane in the third period, the Blackhawks saw their two-game win streak end Sunday night at the United Center, falling to the Capitals late, 5-3.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Alex Nylander had an assist on two of the three goals for Chicago. 

STAT OF THE GAME: Kirby Dach is the 18th-youngest player to make his NHL debut for the Blackhawks since Oct. 4, 1999.


T.J. Oshie opened up the scoring with a power-play goal at 9:25 of the first period, eight seconds after Andrew Shaw got whistled for holding. Oshie picked up a back-door pass from Evgeny Kutznetsov in the slot and fired it past Crawford to put the Capitals up 1-0.

Chicago netted their first goal at 8:25 of the second period when Drake Caggiula buried the puck off of a backhanded pass from Nylander across the slot to knot the game 1-1.

Video: WSH@CHI: Nylander, Caggiula connect for sweet goal

Nic Dowd regained the lead for the Capitals at 9:53 of the second period. Washington's Chandler Stephenson got called for a high-sticking double minor but Dowd netted a shorthanded goal off a pass across the high slot from Carl Hagelin to put the Capitals up 2-1. 

The Captials struck again at 3:52 of the third period when Alexander Ovechkin capitalized on a cross-ice pass from John Carlson and fired a shot from the circle giving Washington a 3-1 lead.

Dominik Kubalik cut the Captials lead at 6:05 of the third period. Brandon Saad stickhandeled the puck through traffic before a give-and-go pass to Kampf and firing the return pass on goal. Kubalik found the rebound to make it a 3-2 game. 

Video: WSH@CHI: Kubalik buries rebound to trim deficit

Chicago's Alex Nylander picked off a pass at 9:58 of the third period and found Patrick Kane at the circle who ripped a shot past Holtby to knot the game 3-3. 

Video: WSH@CHI: Kane whips one five-hole to tie the game

Tom Wilson netted another for the Capitals at 11:47 of the third period when he picked up rebound at the doorstep to give them a 4-3 lead.

Lars Eller added an empty netter with just under a minute left to seal the 5-3 victory. 

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