Edmonton rolled into Washington hoping to move on and improve on Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Philadephia Flyers. While the scoreless opening period gave the visitors some hope, the short-lived optimism was cast aside in a hurry as the Capitals scored twice in the second period, both on the power-play, to set a frightening tone.
Alex Ovechkin led the way for his club, scoring twice and adding an assist to vault the Capitals to a commanding victory over the Oilers at Verizon Center. Alexander Semin, who registered a goal and an assist in the game, helped orchestrate the dominating third period that ultimately sunk the OIlers by the 5-0 score.
returned to the crease for the first time since Feb. 22, allowing five goals on the 36 Washington shots he faced. At the other end, the Oilers registered 22 shots of their own, all of which were turned aside by rookie netminder Braden Holtby as he recorded his first career NHL shutout.
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