Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Capitals
An in-depth look at tonight's game against Washington
|THE TURNING POINT
After Ovechkin picked up a pair of goals to tie the game 2-2, the Oilers ran into penalty troubles. At 8:27 of the third period, Gagner took a tripping penalty to put the Oilers down a man, then Gilbert took a delay of game by whacking the puck over the glass. A five on three for almost a full two minutes. The dominating Alex Ovechkin played the entire power play and peppered Deslauriers with shots. He only managed one slap shot on Deslaurier and was blocked four times. Two by Strudwick and two by Staios.
The Oilers managed to kill the penalty thanks to Deslauriers standing on his head.
OILERS - Jeff Deslauriers was in a zone tonight stopping 38 of the 42 pucks that were thrown at him. Nine of those shots were from Alex Ovechkin who doesn't exactly lob them at the net. Ovi did pick up a pair of goals and assist on another however Deslauriers managed to rob many others. Thanks to Staios and Strudwick who blocked four of Ovechkin's shots on the five on three power play.
CAPS- Alex Ovechkin is playing great which is nothing unusual. Since returning from suspension, he has five goals and six assists in his last seven games including tonight picking up a pair of goals. His six multi-goal games tied Mario Lemieux for the most in October in NHL history. He picked up the first two goals for the Capitals and assisted on the fourth goal. He played 23:38 minutes of hockey tonight, took nine shots on goal and hit three Oilers. Not too shabby.
SAVE OF THE GAME
The Oilers found themselves on a five on three penalty kill in the third period. Deslauriers was making saves all over the place until one squeaked through the five hole and ended up trickling towards the goal line. Deslauriers didn't know where the puck was but luckily Smid came to the rescue and wacked the puck off of the line just at the last second to keep the Caps from scoring on the power play. Ovi and the Caps continued to crowd the net but Staios and Strudwick blocked four of Ovechkins shots.
THE 4TH STAR
Even though Jeff Deslauriers let in four goals tonight, he played one of his best games tonight. He was challenged by Alex Ovechkin who took nine shots on him not to mention all of the shots that were blocked by our defense.
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
The Washington Capitals had not won in Edmonton since February of 1996....until tonight.
The Capitals have held six of their last seven games counting tonight's game beneath their season average of shots allowed (29.8) including their two lowest of the year (20 last night in Vancouver and 19 last Friday vs. Carolina.
Oilers Head Coach Pat Quinn:
"We probably tired that kid out anyway by the time the first one went in. The second one was a great athletic play let's face it. Deslauriers made the stop and it bounced right back to him and he put it in a little tiny spot. Great players can do those things once in awhile."
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin:
"I'm not happy how I played today. I scored two goals but still it's not my game and it's not how I want to see my line play. The first two periods we were aweful and we looked terrible. Sometimes the coach gives you a hard time and you wake up and realize that enough is enough and you have to get better. It was a good effort in the last period."
BY THE NUMBERS
3- Ovechkin is tied for third in the NHL in goals (21), third in shots (141), tied for sixth in points (38) and tied for second in plus/minus (+16)
70- Ovi leads the Capitals with 70 hits.
2- Souray needs 2 PIM to reach 1000 PIM in his career.
11- Penner has 11 multi-point games this year.
286,263- Total attendance this year at Rexall Place.
200- Nicklas Backstrom played in his 200th career game tonight (without missing one). He has seven goals and nine assists with a +9 in his last 10 games.
Author: Kristi Hennessy | edmontonoilers.com