RECAP: Capitals 4, Oilers 1
Braden Holtby stood tall in net for Washington and made 30 saves en route to ruining the Oilers homecoming party
EDMONTON, AB. - Braden Holtby stood tall in net for Washington, against Edmonton's scoring chances, and made 30 saves en route to ruining the Oilers homecoming party with a 4-1 win over the orange and blue.
A first period in which Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk came up with some big saves and Edmonton had their fair share of scoring opportunities, ended in a 1-0 deficit courtesy of Alex Ovechkin. The Capitals goal sniping specialist struck off a draw in the Oilers defensive zone. The puck freed out to Ovechkin at the top of the circle, to the left of Dubnyk, and the Washington forward ripped it into the net for his 10th goal of the season.
"It's just a few mistakes," said Oilers forward David Perron. "That first goal, it's a face-off play and we have to be ready before it starts. It just can't happen. We go down by one goal and we know these guys are pretty good and after that, we kind of let it go."
Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom gained the assists on the goal.
Washington gained the 2-0 lead at 15:35 of the second period. Dubnyk had Joel Ward and Oilers defenceman Anton Belov over top of him, obstructing the goaltender from making the save. The goal was originally credited to Jason Chimera. However upon further review, Ward had the last contact with the puck. Ward was assisted by John Carlson and Karl Alzner.
The Oilers continued to pile on the shots to close out the second period, but Washington goaltender Holtby stood tall, stopping 21 through the first 40 minutes.
"We played well," said Oilers winger Jordan Eberle. "On our bench the whole time we were saying 'stick with it, stick with it, it's going to come.'
"We thought we were out-playing them, I just don't think we got rewarded tonight. We made four or five mistakes and it seemed like they capitalized on every one. It's frustrating when you think you play a good game and you just don't score and you let in four or five on mistakes."
1:24 into the third period, Ovechkin snapped a cross-ice pass to Johansson who centred to Backstrom to finish it off for the 3-0 lead.
Chimera regained the goal he lost to Ward earlier in the game with a far-side snipe from the left wing at 13:22 of the third to put the Capitals on top by a large margin of 4-0.
Defenceman Justin Schultz broke the shutout at 17:56 of the final period on a fancy forehand-backhand dangle through the five-hole of Holtby. Perron earned the assist with a nice pass to spring Schultz free.