Capitals offense earns high grades against Oilers

T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals needed a win badly and they got exactly that thanks in large part to good offense. Now scoring just three goals ins’t the best kind of offense but generating chances and getting shots up is good enough to get you a high grade.

In the first period the Capitals outshot the Edmonton Oilers 22-12. Initially it looked like 23 but official report from the NHL said it was 22.

According to Capitals Public Relations, it tied a single period high. They put up 22 shots on Nov. 15 at the Florida Panthers in the third period and Nov. 17 at the St. Louis Blues in the third period.

The Capitals franchise record for the most shots in a single period is 27 which came on Nov. 23, 2001 against the New York Rangers.

The Caps broke through in the second period with two big goals, both tying the contest up and setting things up for a big third period.

Lars Eller had the first goal which was assisted by Sonny Milano. T.J. Oshie had the second which was assisted by Dylan Strome and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

In the third period the Caps took the lead for good and it turned out to be the game winning goal. Nick Jensen had the secondary assist where he found Aliaksei Protas all alone on the breakaway.

Protas could’ve poked it in but he very likely could’ve been stopped. Instead he dished a backhanded pass to Nic Dowd who put it in for the game winning goal.

Overall it was a good night for the Capitals offense as they had 50 shots on goal overall.

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Grade A-: This was a good game for the Capitals offense. They generated chances and most importantly got rewarded when it counted the most. Also 50 shots on goal is pretty good and most importantly, they got the win.