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Ovechkin, Knuble lead Caps past Blackhawks

Sep 24, 2009 - 1:48 AM WASHINGTON(AP) -- Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble each had two goals and an assist in the Washington Capitals' 6-2 exhibition victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Washington finished with three power-play goals, two in a four-goal second period that gave the Capitals a 6-2 lead.

Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin sparked that second period. Ovechkin had both of his goals, and Backstrom (one goal, two assists) and Semin (three assists) did all their scoring in the period as the Capitals broke the game open.

Knuble opened the scoring at 2:36 of the first period when he jammed the rebound of Brian Pothier's shot past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. The Washington newcomer then made it 2-0 with a power-play goal 4:52 into the game, firing a quick shot past Crawford after a pass from Ovechkin.

Backstrom made a perfect pass that Ovechkin easily tapped into the net 1:45 into the second period. Ovechkin scored a power-play goal 95 seconds later to make it 4-1. Semin made a slick pass that set up Ovechkin's shot from the left circle.

Backstrom added another extra-man goal later in the second period. Tyler Sloan scored the other Washington goal late in that period for a 6-2 lead.

Goalie Semyon Varlamov finished with 26 saves.

Troy Brouwer and Patrick Sharp had power-play goals for Chicago.

The Capitals improved to 3-1-0. Chicago fell to 0-2-1 and has scored only four goals in three games.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 1 0 2
    WASHINGTON 2 4 0 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - MIKE KNUBLE 2 (BRIAN POTHIER, BROOKS LAICH) 2:36
    WAS - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 3 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN) 4:52
    CHI - (PP) TROY BROUWER 1 (JOHN MADDEN, ANDREW LADD) 18:11
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 1 (NICKLAS BACKSTRO

    Sep 23 9:46 PM


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    CHICAGO 2
    WASHINGTON 6 FINAL

    Sep 23 9:30 PM


  • -------------------------------------------
    Chicago
    1 1 0 --2
    Washington 2 4 0 --6
    -------------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Washington, Michael Knuble 2 (Brian
    Pothier, Brooks Laich), 02:36. 2, Washington, Michael Knuble 3 (power
    play) (Unassisted), 04:52. 3, Chicago, Troy Brouwer 1 (power play)
    (John Madden, Andrew Ladd), 18:11. Pena

    Sep 23 9:30 PM


  • --------------------------------------
    Chicago
    1 1 --2
    Washington 2 4 --6
    --------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Washington, Michael Knuble 2 (Brian
    Pothier, Brooks Laich), 02:36. 2, Washington, Michael Knuble 3 (power
    play) (Unassisted), 04:52. 3, Chicago, Troy Brouwer 1 (power play)
    (John Madden, Andrew Ladd), 18:11. Penalties: R Petiot, Chi

    Sep 23 8:41 PM


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    CHICAGO 2
    WASHINGTON 6 02:58 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Blackhawks 2, Capitals 6  2nd - 2:58Sep 23 8:37 PM


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    CHICAGO 2
    WASHINGTON 5 05:28 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Blackhawks 2, Capitals 5  2nd - 5:28Sep 23 8:30 PM


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    CHICAGO 1
    WASHINGTON 5 13:35 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Blackhawks 1, Capitals 5  2nd - 13:35Sep 23 8:17 PM


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    CHICAGO 1
    WASHINGTON 4 17:40 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Blackhawks 1, Capitals 4  2nd - 17:40Sep 23 8:09 PM


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    CHICAGO 1
    WASHINGTON 3 18:15 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Blackhawks 1, Capitals 3  2nd - 18:15Sep 23 8:06 PM


  • ---------------------------------
    Chicago
    1 --1
    Washington 2 --2
    ---------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Washington, Michael Knuble 2 (Brian
    Pothier, Brooks Laich), 02:36. 2, Washington, Michael Knuble 3 (power
    play) (Unassisted), 04:52. 3, Chicago, Troy Brouwer 1 (power play)
    (Unassisted), 18:11. Penalties: R Petiot, Chi (interference), 3:51;
    T Poti, Wa

    Sep 23 7:46 PM


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    CHICAGO 1
    WASHINGTON 2 02:49 LEFT, 1ST PRD

    Blackhawks 1, Capitals 2  1st - 2:49Sep 23 7:43 PM


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    CHICAGO 0
    WASHINGTON 2 15:03 LEFT, 1ST PRD

    Blackhawks 0, Capitals 2  1st - 15:03Sep 23 7:18 PM


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    CHICAGO 0
    WASHINGTON 1 17:24 LEFT, 1ST PRD

    Blackhawks 0, Capitals 1  1st - 17:24Sep 23 7:14 PM