Capitals Defeat Blackhawks 4-2 in Tom Wilson’s Return to D.C.

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The Washington Capitals got a huge win the night before Thanksgiving, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Tom Wilson scored early in his first home game in D.C. since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the Caps never looked back. The win improves the Caps record to 11-7-3, their third win in a row.

Tom Wilson wasted no time in his first game back in D.C. since returning to action from the reduced 20-game suspension that happened eight days ago. 54 seconds in, he made his presence felt in front of the net burying a pass from Alex Ovechkin to scored and put the Capitals up 1-0. Nicklas Backstrom was also credited with the assist.

It was Wilson’s second goal of the season and sixth point in his first five games since returning from the suspension (four assists). He scored in his first game back last Tuesday in Minnesota.

After Gustav Forsling tripped Chandler Stephenson, the Caps went on the power play. It almost came up as a wasted opportunity for the Caps on the man advantage. With just one second left, Andre Burakovsky notched his third goal of the season with a slick Jakub Vrana backhanded pass from behind the goal line that would’ve made Kuzy proud. That was Vrana’s first power play point of the season and Matt Niskanen was also credited with the assist.

In the second period at 9:28, Michal Kempny launched a blast from downtown for his first goal of the season. What made it even sweeter was that it came against his former team. V and Lars Eller with the helpers.

The Blackhawks got two back. Brandon Saad put the Blackhawks on the board at 11:37 and in the third, Erick Gustafsson closed the gap to a one-goal deficit at 5:23. Less than two minutes later, the Caps got a very important insurance goal from Devante Smith-Pelly at 7:12. Smith-Pelly was camped at the net and buried a pass from Travis Boyd for his fourth goal of the season. John Carlson was also credited with the assist.

The goal would be all the Caps needed as they hung on for a 4-2 win. Braden Holtby stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced for a .949 save percentage. The Caps return to action on Black Friday when they’ll host the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena.

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