CHICAGO (AP) — Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky and Michal Kempny scored to give Washington an early lead, and the Capitals held on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for Washington, which won its third straight. The Caps’ previous two victories came in overtime. Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots for the Capitals.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 21: Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against Jakub Vrana #13 of the Washington Capitals in the third period at Capital One Arena on November 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

Brandon Saad, Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago.

Wilson, playing in just his fifth game after sitting out the first 16 because of a suspension, scored his second goal of the season just 54 seconds in after upending Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

Burakovsky scored his third goal of the season at 6:36, and Kempny, playing against his former team, added his first goal of the season midway in the second period to give Washington a 3-0 lead.

Saad scored in his third straight game at 11:37 of the second period, and Gustafsson scored his second goal of the season, and first since Oct. 18, at 5:23 of the third period to cut Washington’s lead to 3-2.

Smith-Pelly scored his fourth goal at 7:12 in the third against Crawford, who finished with 25 saves. Crawford had allowed just two goals in his previous two games for Chicago, began a stretch of seven road games in its next nine contests.

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 Oveckhin was penalized for slashing in the second period, just his fourth penalty in 21 games. … Washington F Jakub Vrana had two assists, Oveckhin had one.


Blackhawks: Visit Tampa Bay in the second game of a three-game road trip on Friday.

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