WASHINGTON — Friday the 13th proved to be good for the Washington Capitals, even if it wasn’t lucky.
D.C. needed to beat the Chicago Blackhawks and get help from the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues in order to move into first place in the Eastern Conference’s Metro Division. The Lightning faltered, but the Caps left little doubt with their end of the deal.
Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Caps dominated Chicago, which had been one of the NHL’s hottest teams coming into the matchup.
Jay Beagle (twice), Nicklas Backstrom, Brett Connolly, Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie all scored for Washington, while Braden Holtby defended another shutout, his fifth in the last 14 games. The 6-0 victory snapped Chicago’s winning streak at four.
Here’s a look at each goal:
The Capitals have ended five different opposing win streaks of three games or more already in 2017 while playing their best hockey of the season.
After the game, the Caps held the lead in the Metro division, with an NHL-leading 61 points, watching the scoreboard until the end of the Blues-Lightning game. The Blues won 3-1, pushing their point total to 62 and taking back the division lead.
Up next, the Caps will try to make it nine straight when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at 1 p.m., moved back from 12:30 as a domino effect from the Steelers-Chiefs AFC playoff game shifting to prime time because of weather in Kansas City.