Though Backstrom has steadily been accumulating assists, he entered Wednesday night's game without a goal since October 14, Washington's sixth game of the season. He has played five games at Washington, four at Capital One Arena and one at Nationals Park. Ovechkin extended his goals streak to three games.
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The Capitals dictated the game in the second half of the period when they opened up a 3-0 lead to chase Forsberg. As both settled into scoring slumps two weeks ago, Trotz reconfigured his forward trios to have Ovechkin and Backstrom skating beside each other again. First, Nicklas Backstrom snapped a 21-game goalless streak after he scored from the slot 11:54 into the period. 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.
Washingtons Tom Wilson had a career-high four-point game, including two goals. Ovechkin is the 11 player in National Hockey League history to score 20+ goals in each of his first 13 seasons. "It was nearly like we gave the puck back to them just by putting it dead to net with no goal". Backstrom's fourth goal of the season lifted the frustration that has amounted on his shoulders throughout the drought. Ovechkin added an assist to his total when he set up Brett Connolly's power-play goal in the second period, and then he tallied one more with his primary helper on Evgeny Kuznetsov's third-period goal. But even when he wasn't scoring, Backstrom remained poised.
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