Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky and Michal Kempny scored to give Washington an early lead, and the Capitals held on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for Washington, which won its third straight. The Caps’ previous two victories came in overtime. Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots for the Capitals.

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) reaches for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) reaches for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Brandon Saad, Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, front, watches the puck in front of Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, back, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, front, watches the puck in front of Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, back, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wilson, playing in just his fifth game after sitting out the first 16 because of a suspension, scored his second goal of the season just 54 seconds in after upending Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

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.

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson, top, collides with Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, bottom, after he scored a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson, top, collides with Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, bottom, after he scored a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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.

Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65) celebrates his goal with right wing Brett Connolly (10) and defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65) celebrates his goal with right wing Brett Connolly (10) and defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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.

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) celebrates his goal with center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, and left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) celebrates his goal with center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, and left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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.

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Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Blackhawks: Visit Tampa Bay in the second game of a three-game road trip on Friday.

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and center Jonathan Toews (19) battle for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and center Jonathan Toews (19) battle for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals: Host Detroit on Friday afternoon.

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) skates with the puck against Washington Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos (29), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) skates with the puck against Washington Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos (29), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Source: The Associated Press

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