Blackhawks 3, Capitals 1
CHICAGO (AP) _ Jocelyn Thibault made 24 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Friday night to extend their unbeaten streak to a season-high six games.
Dean McAmmond, Michael Nylander and Tony Amonte scored to help the Blackhawks reach the .500 mark (20-20-4-2) for the first time since the fifth game of the season. Chicago is 5-0-1 during the unbeaten streak and 10-2-2 in its last 14 games.
Thibault, making his 16th straight start, allowed only Joe Reekie’s first-period goal. Olaf Kolzig stopped 20 shots for Washington, 1-4-0 in its last five games.
Reekie scored during a 4-on-4 situation with 1:03 left in the first period. He swept into the slot and backhanded a rebound of Peter Bondra’s shot off the post and past Thibault
Eight seconds later, McAmmond tied it, beating Kolzig with a high wrist shot from the top of the circle.
Nylander gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with 2:26 left in the second, chipping in a loose puck from the edge of the crease.
Thibault’s toughest save in the third was on Bondra’s one-timer with 5:05 left. Amonte added an empty-net goal with 38 seconds left to complete the scoring.
Notes: Chicago has allowed just four goals in its last four games. ... Blackhawks defenseman Stephane Quintal, who had six assists and was a plus-14 in his last six games, missed the game because of a groin sprain. He’s listed as day-to-day. ... Kolzig started his eighth straight game and second in two nights. He gave up five goals on 26 shots in Ottawa on Thursday night.