IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Capitals
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Caps at home
The Edmonton Oilers play their 11th game of the regular season tonight and fourth on home ice.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Yakupov - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Perron - Arcobello - Hemsky
Jones - Gordon - Pitlick
Gazdic - Acton - Eager
Smid - Petry
Ference - N. Schultz
Belov - J.Schultz
Out: MacIntyre (knee), Joensuu (back), Hamilton (knee), Gagner (jaw), Potter (back), Hall (knee), Smyth (groin), Grebeshkov (healthy)
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
14:25: Oilers carried the play early, including a shift by the fourth line which resulted in some traffic and a couple near misses in front of the Capitals net as the puck bounced around.
10:58: David Perron was sprung on a partial breakaway, firing a shot from the top of the right circle that Holtby turned away with his blocker.
10:40: Tom Wilson gets two minutes for elbowing to give the Oilers the game's first man advantage.
0:00: Shots on goal after one period were 12-11 for the Oilers.
20:00: Second period is now underway.
18:51: Mike Green gets two minutes for hooking, giving Edmonton its second man advantage of the night.
17:23: Anton Belov skates back to try and break up a Caps shorthanded two-on-one opportunity and is sent to the box for slashing as a result. That ends the Oilers power play.
8:02: Hemsky skated around the net and spotted David Perron in front. Perron's quick shot was stopped by Holtby as he slid across to make the save.
4:25: Joel Ward tips a point shot from John Carlson past Dubnyk to increase Washington's lead to two goals. | WSH 2, EDM 0
3:24: Capitals call their 30-second timeout. Shots on goal are 17-17.
3:07: John Erskine gets a roughing penalty as the Oilers try and narrow the gap before the end of the period.
0:00: Shots on goal after 40 minutes are 22-18 for Edmonton.
20:00: Third period is now underway.
18:36: Caps complete a three-way passing play with Backstrom slipping the puck into a wide-open net after a nice cross-ice pass from Marcus Johansson. | WSH 3, EDM 0
11:17: Shots on goal are 24-24 as the third period nears the midway point.
6:37: Jason Chimera gets in behind the Oilers defence and rings the puck top corner and in. | WSH 4 EDM 0
2:05: Justin Schultz corrals a pass from David Perron and dekes out Holtby to break the Caps netminder's shutout bid. | WSH 4 EDM 1
0:55: A skirmish erupts in front of the Oilers net.