EDMONTON, October 25, 2013 — The Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 last night in front of an energetic crowd. The Caps overcame a slow first period start, but played well overall by slowing down and keeping the puck away from the speedy Oilers.
Washington has now won three straight games to break even at five wins and five losses. Braden Holtby looked sharp again only allowing one goal that came in the final minutes of the third period.
After the first period, the Oilers’ speedy skaters were corraled by the Capitals tight defense and puck control. The Caps continue to improve their handling of the puck as they dominated the time of possession, keeping the puck away from the Oilers. The Caps led 1-0 after Alex Ovechkin’s lightning fast shot burned past Edmonton’s goalie, Devan Dubnyk following a face off notching his tenth goal of the season (and Ovi’s 31st goal in his last 32 regular season games).
Midway through the second period, John Carlson sent a puck into traffic right in front of Edmonton’s net. The puck deflected off Jason Chimera’s stick and into the net. This gave the Caps a two-goal lead going into the second intermission.
All 20 guys on the Capitals worked together throughout the night, including Braden Holtby, who played Keystone Cop (Craig Laughlin-ism) by kicking the puck away from the goal mouth right at the end of the second period. This amazing save by Holtby also ended Edmonton’s power play.
Early in the third period, Nicklas Backstrom sealed the defender and the game in front of the goal crease as he hammered home his second goal of the season, giving the Caps a 3-0 lead. Things snowballed from there because 13 minutes into the third period the Oilers turned the puck over near center ice. Mikhail Grabovski grabbved (pun intended) the puck and flicked it forward to Jason Chimera, who quickly netted his second goal of the night (sort of) in front of his hometown crowd.
The Capitals are starting to surge following their sluggish start to the season. The Edmonton Oilers are still trying to do the same. A few days ago, the Oilers were called a “Junior Hockey Team” by Montreal Canadien- Lars Eller. His remarks were based on the Oilers’ sluggish start this season. That statement ignited the Oilers as they got revenge on the young mouthy upstart, defeating the Canadiens 4-3.
The Oilers entered tonight’s game in last place despite winning their last two games. The Capitals are currently in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division aka the Ole “Patrick Division part deux-minus two” (Carolina and Columbus, of course were not around). The Caps were also six points behind the first place Penguins coming into last night’s game but are now four points back following this win.
The Caps’ next game is Saturday night against the Calgary Flames. Hopefully the Caps can keep the flames burning and make it four in a row.
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