|Date of game: 11/7/2014
Recap: Chicago vs. Washington
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Braden Holtby stopped 38 shots and Washington scored three late goals in the second period for a 3-2 win over Chicago.
Joel Ward, Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson scored in the final five minutes of the second period for the Capitals, who snapped a five-game slide.
Brandon Saad and Duncan Keith lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who have lost three of four. Corey Crawford turned aside 21 shots in defeat.
"All these teams are getting better and tightening up," said Keith. "It's not something new, teams are ready to play against us."
Trailing by two, the Caps made it a one-goal game with 4:57 to play in the second as a 2-on-1 break saw Burakovsky skate down the left wing and snap a shot over the glove of Crawford for his third of the year.
Inside the final minute, Johansson threw a turnaround shot on net from the right circle that was going wide, but it hit off the stick of Chicago's Brent Seabrook in front and slipped past Crawford with 46.3 seconds showing.
The Capitals then took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission as Matt Niskanen's long blast from the right point was redirected in by Ward in front with just 4.4 seconds left.
"It just goes to show how fast things can turn around in a game," said Ward. "It kind of got switched around for us because we've had a few games where we've had the lead and given it up."
Holtby came up with 13 stops in the final period, saving his best for last as Chicago pulled Crawford for an extra attacker late in the game. He made stops on Brad Richards and Keith in the final seconds to hang on for the win.
Chicago scored with 2:48 to play in the first as a 2-on-1 between Marian Hossa and Saad was finished off by Saad with a one-timer from the right wing.
Just 56 seconds into the second period, Chicago made it a 2-0 game on the power play as Keith blasted home a shot from the left point for his third of the season.Game Notes
Chicago was 1-for-3 on the power play while Washington failed on its only
opportunity ... Chicago hosts San Jose on Sunday ... Washington hosts Carolina
on Saturday ... These clubs split a pair of games last season.