Blackhawks Vs. Capitals: Mike Knuble Scores In Overtime To Give Caps 4-3 Win

The Capitals won their eighth straight game, topping the Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime on a goal by Mike Knuble. It's the Caps' seventh one-goal or shootout win in the last eight games.

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Blackhawks Vs. Capitals: Mike Knuble Scores In Overtime To Give Caps 4-3 Win

The Washington Capitals have won their eighth straight game, in dramatic fashion once again. Mike Knuble stuffed home a goal in front of the net with 1:09 remaining in overtime to give the Capitals a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Verizon Center.

Knuble parked himself in front of goalie Chris Crawford and eventually received a beautiful pass from Marcus Johansson. Knuble turned, shielded the goalie and slipped the backhand by Crawford to give the Capitals the win.

Chicago had tied the score at 3 with just 39 seconds remaining when Duncan Keith slammed a shot off the back boards that was retrieved and put in by Jonathan Toews. Both teams had their chances in overtime, but the Capitals scored first.

The win was the Capitals' seventh one-goal or shootout victory in their last eight games, which could indicate two things. Either the Capitals have learned how to play close games, or they are just getting a little lucky after being unlucky earlier in the season. Regardless, this was a big, big win.

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Blackhawks Vs. Capitals: Tomas Kopecky Scores, Game Tied At 2 After Second Period

The Chicago Blackhawks have tied up the score against the Washington Capitals after two periods of play at the Verizon Center. Tomas Kopecky banged home his 13th goal of the season unassisted, and the Capitals were unable to retake the lead by the end of the period.

Kopecky got his goal on a defensive breakdown by the Capitals just 3:09 into the third quarter, lacing a shot past Braden Holtby to tie the score. Both teams had their chances to take the lead, but neither capitalized on any opportunities. The Capitals have 24 shots, while the Blackhawks have 21 in an evenly-played game. 

The period ended with Jason Chimera and Brent Seabrook dropping the gloves and fighting each other. Both received five-minute majors for the infraction.

This should absolutely be an excellent finish, just like many of the Capitals' previous games. A win would be the Capitals' eighth straight, and would pull them to within one point of first-place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. 

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Blackhawks Vs. Capitals: Jason Arnott, Boyd Gordon Give Washington 2-1 Lead After First Period

The Washington Capitals once again did not score the first goal of the game. This time, though, they decided to rally early rather than late. Boyd Gordon and Jason Arnott scored goals as the Capitals lead the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, after the first period.

The Capitals fell behind very early in the game. Nick Leddy banged home a rebound 4:46 in the game to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. The Blackhawks then went on the power play and were poised to add to their lead, but Gordon leaped off the bench to grab a Capitals clear and skate in on the right side for the shorthanded goal. Gordon ripped a slap shot past Corey Crawford to tie the score.

The Capitals then went on a power play at the end of the first period, and Arnott capitalized, ripping a slap shot from the point off both goalposts and in the back of the net. It's Arnott's second goal as a member of the Capitals, to go along with three assists.

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Blackhawks Vs. Capitals: Defending Stanley Cup Champions Visit Verizon Center

If the Washington Capitals are motivated to win the 2011 Stanley Cup, they should look no further than their opponent on Sunday. The Capitals will welcome the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions, for their only visit to the Verizon Center. The game will begin at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.

The Blackhawks are not the same juggernaut they were last season, but they are still a solid team that currently sits in fifth place in the West. The hard salary cap caused them to lose many key contributors, but the big guns still remain. The Capitals, meanwhile, have won seven games in a row and are now second in the Eastern Conference, just three points behind first-place Philadelphia. 

Braden Holtby will get his third straight start in goal after stoning 83 of his past 84 shots. In news that is hardly surprising, coach Bruce Boudreau has decided to ride the hot hand even though Michal Neuvirth is healthy. However, we probably won't see Nicklas Backstrom or Mike Green suit up for the Capitals.

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