NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Washington|
(Friday, April 11th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Chicago 0
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 shots for his
first shutout in a Capitals uniform and Jay Beagle scored twice in
Washington's 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Halak, who notched his 30th career shutout and fifth this season, had his
previous four whitewashes this year playing for St. Louis. He was traded to
Buffalo and then dealt to Washington, but on Friday was able to stop a
personal five-game skid.
Alex Ovechkin notched his league-leading 51st goal of the season and Nicklas
Backstrom also lit the lamp for the Capitals, winner of four straight. Despite
the surge, the Capitals will not make the playoffs for the first time since
"I told the guys when we found out it was over that part of their job as a
professional is to play as hard as you can," Capitals coach Adam Oates said.
"Do it for yourselves, and do it for the people who paid to come watch you
play. You owe them."
The Blackhawks, who are locked into third place in the Central Division,
have lost six of their last seven road games. Corey Crawford gave up four
goals on 20 shots in the first two periods, and Antti Raanta turned aside all
seven shots he faced in the final frame.
"We'll throw this in the garbage can and learn a little bit from it," Chicago
coach Joel Quenneville said. "Certainly we're not happy about the way it was
played out, but it was one of those games."
Chicago had a four-game winning streak broken.
The Capitals took advantage of a power play opportunity when Marcus Kruger was
sent off for holding only 63 seconds into the game. John Carlson held the puck
in the high slot and delivered a pass to Ovechkin for a successful one-timer
at the 2:04 mark.
"It's pretty hard to be mentally ready for these types of games because you
are out of the playoffs and the season is over in one more game, but we play
for the fans," Ovechkin said. "They came to see us and they want to see the
game and they want to see nice play."
Washington doubled its lead 9:22 into the first. Dmitry Orlov passed the disc
from the slot to the right side of the net. The puck deflected off the body of
Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and bounced on the ice nearby to Beagle, who
banged it into the net.
Joel Ward nearly scored a short time later, but he hit the left post on a
The Caps widened the gap 1:19 into the second when Backstrom scored from a
sharp angle after a shot from the goal line, left of the net.
Beagle notched his second goal of the night with 3:44 remaining in the middle
period. Jason Chimera pass the puck from behind the net to a wide open Beagle
in front for the wide open tally.
Halak made 17 saves in the final period.
The Blackhawks conclude their regular season Saturday at Nashville, while the
Caps host Tampa Bay Sunday afternoon ... This was the first time the
Blackhawks visited Washington since March 13, 2011 ... Washington center
Marcus Johansson sustained an upper body injury in the second period and did
not return ... Ovechkin and Backstrom also had an assist ... It was Beagle's
first ever multi-goal game in the NHL.
04/11 22:48:58 ET