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.
Capitals: Host Detroit on Friday afternoon.
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