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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson missed Washington’s first 16 games due to a suspension for an illegal check. In the five games since his return Custom Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys , Wilson has shown just how valuable he is to the Capitals.Wilson scored 54 seconds into the contest to set the pace and Washington defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 Wednesday night for its first three-game winning streak of the season.Andre Burakovsky, Michal Kempny and Devante Smith-Pelly added goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions.This win was easier for the Capitals, whose previous two victories came in overtime. Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots for Washington.Wilson was originally suspended for 20 games for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist in the teams’ preseason finale. That suspension was reduced to 14 games by a neutral arbitrator, but by the time the decision was rendered, Wilson had already missed 16 games.Had the 20-game suspension stood, this would have been Wilson’s first game. Instead, it was his first home game, and he got a loud reception.Wilson, who scored in his first game, upended Chicago goalie Corey Crawford on the way to the goal. Crawford stopped 23 shots. In his previous three games www.officialstarsproonline.com , he’d allowed just two goals.“Sometimes when you have to watch some games for a while, you pick up some different things you can add,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said.“He’s played great since he’s been back, and we’re fortunate to get him back earlier than expected.”Washington has had an uneven start in its defense of the Cup. With Wilson’s suspension and injuries to key players, they’re hoping to get on a roll now.“We’re demanding of each other to get back there,” Wilson said of the team’s quest for back-to-back Stanley Cups.“There was adversity at the beginning of last year,” he said. “That’s how you build a team.”Burakovsky knows how difficult the Capitals’ task is.“Obviously, it was a shorter summer for us and a shorter time to prepare ourselves for the season,” Burakovsky said. “So, just to get back after a year that we had Dallas Stars T-Shirts Authentic , I think it’s tough to get in and get going right away. So, we’re building our game slowly and tonight I think we did exactly what we wanted.”Brandon Saad and Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago, which began a streak of seven road games in its next nine contests.Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton replaced longtime coach Joel Queeneville on Nov. 6, and the team is 2-3-2 since. Chicago has lost eight straight games in Washington.“I thought the effort was there and we looked like we were going to climb back into it multiple times during the game,” Colliton said. “Some self-inflicted wounds there that made it difficult on the road against a cup winner. That’s kind of the story today.”Kempny whose goal midway through the second period gave Washington a 3-0 lead, was happy his first goal of the season came against his former team.“It feels really nice,” Kempny said. I have to say, it wasn’t an easy game for me to play. I know a lot of guys from Chicago. I was there almost two seasons. . It feels a little bit weird. The first period I was really excited from the game. After the first I was trying a little bit to settle down and keep playing my game and help my team to win.”NOTES: Washington forwards Evegeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie were out with upper body injuries for the third straight game. . Forwards Luke Johnson, Chris Kunitz and D Brandon Manning were all healthy scratches for Chicago for the second straight game. . Capitals F Alex Oveckhin was penalized for slashing in the second period, just his fourth penalty in 21 games. … Washington F Jakub Vrana had two assists Dallas Stars Hoodies Authentic , Oveckhin had one.UP NEXT:Blackhawks: Visit Tampa Bay in the second game of a three-game road trip on Friday.Capitals: Host Detroit on Friday afternoon. ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) T.J. Oshie found a moment of tranquility as he stared through the darkness and into the crowd at fans holding their cellphones up to light up the stadium.With music playing and an opportunity to reflect, he contemplated the spectacle of playing an outdoor game at the U.S. Naval Academy that will go down in the standings as an important 5-2 victory by Oshie and the Washington Capitals over the Toronto Maple Leafs. For Oshie, first star John Carlson and especially the American players on the winning side of the first NHL outdoor game at a service academy, the two points are great but the meaning was more significant.”I really made a point to soak it all in tonight, to really enjoy it as much as I could,” Oshie said after the Capitals’ second consecutive victory following a run of four losses in six games. ”Tonight was a lot of fun. It was pretty special for me, pretty special for the team here.”The Capitals put on a special performance at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under the lights that went out because of a power surge with 10 minutes left. A 15-minute delay did nothing to stem the tide of Washington’s win that included Alex Ovechkin’s 40 goal of the season and 598th of his career.Ovechkin became the sixth player in NHL history with nine-plus 40-goal seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky (12), Marcel Dionne (10) Dallas Stars Hats Authentic , Mario Lemieux (10), Mike Gartner (nine) and Mike Bossy (nine).”Forty is good, but 50’s better,” Ovechkin said. ”I still have time to do that.”The offensive fireworks of the first two periods – including three goals in the first 6:19 – matched the pomp and circumstance of the NHL’s first game at a U.S. service academy. Navy midshipmen and Canadian servicemen and women took part in a patriotic pregame ceremony capped off by a memorable flyover with only the afterburners visible against the night sky.In one of the best-themed outdoor games to date, the game was played on a rink on top of a facsimile of an aircraft carrier with a replica jet stationed in one corner. Capitals coach Barry Trotz wore a dark Navy cap with a gold ”N” on the front as he stood in front of the lit up names of several battles, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa.Amid some recent struggles that shrunk their lead atop the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals put together a game that matched the stage.”It seemed like we were on the right side of the puck all night,” said Carlson, who had a goal and two assists and honored former Navy quarterback Roger Staubach with a blue and gold suit featuring his No. 74 on the shoulders. ”We weren’t really ever getting beat for breakaways and odd-man rushes. We were in good position and the work ethic was there to get back.”Playing in windy conditions that kept teams from practicing on this rink before the game, the Capitals didn’t appear at all bothered by the significant change from indoor hockey. The wind blew about 16-20 mph throughout the night Custom Dallas Stars Jerseys , but the difference in play was more significant than the weather with the Capitals beating the Maple Leafs in a rematch of their first-round playoff series.”They look at us and they still think we’re kids,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. ”And it looked like we were kids here tonight. I thought they smacked us around.”Washington’s power play went 2 for 2 and five goals on 25 shots was enough to chase Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen 11:10 into the second period. It’s the fourth consecutive game and eighth of the past nine in which Andersen allowed three-plus goals and his eighth overall giving up five or more, but this was the first time coach Mike Babcock pulled him for performance reasons this season.”It was going in,” Babcock said. ”And I didn’t want to leave him in there and be a bunch more go in.”The Capitals certainly had the potential to put the puck in more. Now they just hope they can turn the emotions from this game into a run as they begin a three-game Western Conference road trip.”You get confidence off this,” Backstrom said. ”I feel like the last couple games we’ve been playing a little bit better as a team and we’re talking about it every day. We want to get better and better. We should never be satisfied.”NOTES: Curtis McIlhenney stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Andersen. … The gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic men’s curling team delivered the puck for the ceremonial faceoff by curling it to center ice. John Shuster’s rink and the gold-medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team were honored as part of the festivities. … Maple Leafs center Tomas Plekanec became the first player in NHL history to appear in an outdoor game with two different teams in the same season. Plekanec played for the Montreal Canadiens in the Centennial Classic in December. … Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews missed his fourth consecutive game with an apparent right shoulder injury. … Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL hopes to stage outdoor games at Army’s West Point and the Air Force Academy.UP NEXT:Maple Leafs: At Buffalo on Monday night.Capitals: At Anaheim on Tuesday night.—

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