Since reuniting with Backstrom, Ovechkin has eight goals in seven games, riding his best goal-scoring pace since the 2007-08 season, when he scored 65 as a 22-year-old. Backstrom hadn't scored since October 14 in Philadelphia, matching the second-longest drought of his career.
Washington (17-11-1), which has won six of its past seven, extended its winning streak to three games and is just one point out of first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Crawford resumed skating in Chicago on Wednesday, so he's clearly making progress in his recovery from the undisclosed ailment that will keep him sidelined for at least two more games.
Backstrom ended a 21-game goal drought and had two assists, and Washington's top-line trio of Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson combined for 11 points in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Only 29 seconds later, Wilson's breakaway shot was turned away by Forsberg, but the rebound went through Artem Anisimov's legs and right to Ovechkin, who didn't miss from point-blank range. "When we got down, they just seemed to feed off it". But that five minutes doomed them, and they didn't have the firepower to come back after Lance Bouma scored late in the first period to give them a little lift until Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway late in the third.
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Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Weal, Dale Weise and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers, who were on an 0-5-5 run before Monday. "You can be misled by the shot (total) or maybe it looked like we had some looks there".
Ottawa lost its second straight game to start a season-high, seven-game road trip and has dropped nine of its last 10 contests. The last Chicago win at Washington was January 10, 2006, a 4-3 overtime win for the Blackhawks.
"He's always been a guy that's been full committed at both ends of the ice", Holtby said about Wilson. Capitals RW T.J. Oshie (upper body) did not play. "He's figuring out how to create offense at the same time as being very responsible defensively". Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said there was a "likelihood" that G Corey Crawford would return to the lineup Sunday against Arizona.
The New York Rangers remain the league's most valuable team, checking in at $1.5 billion.