CHICAGO, March 18 (UPI) --
Rookie center Andrew Shaw notched a pair of goals and an assist Sunday, boosting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 victory over Washington.
Bryan Bickell added a goal and two assists, while Patrick Kane and Viktor Stalberg also scored for surging Chicago, which improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine games, all without injured captain Jonathan Toews.
Corey Crawford turned aside 16-of-18 shots to earn the victory.
Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals, who came into the game clinging to a two-point lead in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves for Washington.
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.