Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers Game Recap
The Washington Capitals power play was non-existent tonight. Luckily the first line stepped up and led the team to victory over the Edmonton Oilers 4-1.
Alex Ovechkin continued his torrid pace, ripping a goal off a set play from the right circle this time. He has now scored 32 goals in his last 31 regular season games and has ten in ten so far this year. Could we see 50 in 50?
Ovechkin also contributed a secondary assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s goal. The much-maligned Marcus Johansson slid a perfect pass to Backstrom who was sitting at the top of the crease. The play of the first line has been a highlight so far on this road trip and has been very encouraging.
The third line also sprung to life with an excellent shut-down performance on defense and gritty hard-working shifts on offense. Ward was able to get a tip-in goal generated from his net presenece and Jason Chimera was able to score in front of his friends and family.
Unfortunately, Braden Holtby lost the shutout with two minutes to go thanks to a Justin Schultz goal on a great deke by the young defenseman. This isn’t the first time that Holtby has lost a shutout late.
If only the Caps could play the Oilers every night. Both times they’ve tallied four goals. Unfortunately, we don’t get to play the Oilers until next season.
The Caps have gotten a great start to this road trip and have won three in a row. Thanks for the points, Edmonton, and hopefully, we can trade you Neuvirth for some assets.