Capitals Spank Blackhawks 6-2; Ovie, Knuble Net Pair Each

Dave Nichols@@DaveNicholsDSPSenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2009

WASHINGTON DC, DC - SEPTEMBER 23:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his second period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with teammate Nicklas Backstrom #19 during their preseason game on September 23, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals bounced back from a somewhat dreary affair Monday night against Buffalo to sparkle in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Caps are now 3-1-0 in the pre-season.
Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble each had two goals, with Nicklas Backstrom and Tyler Sloan picking up the other markers.
Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots in net. The Caps outshot the Hawks 30-28 and went 3-for-6 on the power play.
Knuble was cited by coach Bruce Boudreau for his good play.  His first goal bounced off his leg, and the second one he skated around a defenseman and beat goalie Corey Crawford from the high slot.
"He's a meat-and-potatoes guy," Boudreau said. "Coaches love guys like that. It's an element we haven't seen around Washington in a while."
The team travels to New York tonight to face the Rangers at MSG at 7 p.m.  The travel squad information was not available at the time of this post.

Thursday, Sept. 24
10:00 a.m.: Morning skate/Practice, Kettler Capitals Iceplex
7:00 p.m.: at New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
TV: MSG.  Radio: WashingtonCaps.com

Friday, Sept. 25
Day Off

Saturday, Sept. 26
10:00 a.m.: Practice, Kettler Capitals Iceplex
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Capitals Convention, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center


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