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Capitals vs. Blackhawks Recap: Workmanlike Effort Drives Caps’ 4-2 Win

Dec 10, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Beck Malenstyn (47) celebrates his goal with right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel (96) and defenseman Joel Edmundson (6) against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports
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Current Status: Final

Plus: The Caps may have struggled to score this year overall, but you wouldn’t know it by their last few games – and tonight was the third-consecutive game in which they not only scored four goals but got those goals from throughout the lineup.

Minus: It’s less of an issue on a team level since his ‘mates are starting to provide offense, but…man, seeing Alex Ovechkin without a goal in 10 straight games for just the second time in his career is rough.

Key Moment: T.J. Oshie lowers the boom, leading to the go-ahead goal by Dylan Strome.

Caps Player of the Game: Lots of solid performances in this one, but we’ll give it to the entire fourth line of Beck Malenstyn, Nic Dowd, and Nicolas AubĂ©-Kubel for chipping in with two scrappy, beautiful goals – including the eventual game-winner – and just an all-around great game for the trio as a whole.

Honorable mention goes to Joel Edmundson for picking up his first point as a Capital!

Final Thoughts: The Caps continue to be surprisingly strong on the second half of back-to-back games, moving to 4-0 this season with tonight’s victory. Nothing flashy about this one, but another good all-around team effort to pick up the win – especially in a game that could have easily been a letdown after a huge home win over a division rival.

Next up, a couple of days off before heading up I-95 to Philadelphia for the first of three more away from DC.

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