Brett Connolly, middle at right, celebrates his second-period power-play goal with Capitals teammates Wednesday night.
While he recorded nine assists since then, Backstrom hadn't found the back of the net in his last 21 games.
The Capitals won, 4-1, versus the San Jose Sharks on Monday. And your captain increased his lead in the NHL's goal-scoring race after a four-point night. Though the two have complemented each other for more than a decade in Washington, Trotz started the season with them on separate lines. The run kicked off when Washington used a picture-perfect, tic-tac-toe passing play to set up its first goal at the 11:54 mark, with Wilson and Ovechkin assisting on Backstrom's fourth goal of the year and his first tally since October 14.
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, largely controlling a matchup of two conference finalists from last season. Ovechkin is the 11 player in National Hockey League history to score 20+ goals in each of his first 13 seasons. I can't just lay down and play dead. Backstrom's fourth goal of the season lifted the frustration that has amounted on his shoulders throughout the drought. His shot off a faceoff beat Forsberg short side for his third goal of the season and a first in 15 games.
The Blackhawks head into Wednesday night's show down with the Capitals looking to maintain their recent success against Metro division opponents as they are 10-2 in their last 12 contests but they have dropped four games in a row overall and need to shake out of their early season funk. It didnt help that the Blackhawks are missing injured goaltender Corey Crawford, and backup Anton Forsberg had a rough night.
Lance Bouma pulled one back for Chicago before the period was out. But even when he wasn't scoring, Backstrom remained poised.