Oilers blanked 5-0 by Capitals
|Oilers rookie Jordan Eberle tries to get past Washington's John Carlson during the opening period (Photo by Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals scored two power play goals in the second period and didn't look back, eventually defeating the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 5-0 at the Verizon Center in Washington on Wednesday night.
Under the Scope
Alex Ovechkin and Eric Fehr each had a pair of goals for Washington on the evening and Alexander Semin also added a marker. Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby earned the shutout.
made a great play early in the first period, catching up to a charging Alexander Ovechkin as he was speeding through the neutral zone. Smid was the last player back and denied the Russian superstar a quality scoring chance.
It was Khabibulin's time to shine about three minutes later as he made successive point-blank stops off Marcus Johansson and Mike Knuble during the same sequence. First, off Johansson's shot from the right circle and then off Knuble's rebound from the top of the crease.
took the game's first penalty, a slashing minor just before the opening period's midway point. Edmonton's penalty killers did a great job keeping Washington away from anythng resembling a scoring chance over the next two minutes.
Edmonton went on its first power play 14:28 into the first. Scott Hannan was sent off for interference. However, the Oilers power play wasn't much better than Washington, generating little in the way of offence.
As the period was winding down, each team had a good chance to open the scoring. First, Jones created a turnover at the Caps blueline before dishing it off to Gagner whose quick shot on net was turned away by Washington goaltender Braden Holtby.
Coming back the other way, Mike Knuble had a quick redirection from the high slot that Khabibulin turned away.
Shots on goal after one period were 12-10 for Washington.
Jason Arnott took a hooking penalty at the end of the opening period to give the Oilers a power play to open the middle frame.
A kneeing penalty to Ryan Jones
put Edmonton behind the eight ball 4:14 into the second. Moments into that man advantage, Washington had a great scoring chance but was denied by Khabibulin.
Later in the power play, Andrew Cogliano
created a turnover in the neutral zone and broke in alone but his shot was turned away by Holtby.
Less than a minute later, Alex Ovechkin scored to give Washington a 1-0 lead. Jason Arnott's slap pass over to Ovechkin was one-timed in for the goal.
With the assist, Arnott registered the 900th point of his NHL career. The goal was also Ovechkin's first this season on home ice on the power play.
Khabibulin took a penalty for playing the puck outside the trapezoid area with 11 minutes to go in the second.
On the ensuing man advantage, Eric Fehr scored to give Washington a 2-0 lead. Carlson's shot on goal from the top of the right circle ricocheted off Tom Gilbert
on the rebound and allowed Fehr to scoop up the loose puck and fire it in.
16 minutes into the second period, shots on goal were 14-5 for the Capitals as they carried the majority of the play.
Washington nearly made it 3-0 late in the second while on the power play. A loose puck in the crease was swatted away by Ladislav Smid
After two, shots on goal were 27-17 for Washington and the Capitals were leading 2-0 on the scoreboard.
Washington increased their lead to 3-0 just over three minutes into the final frame. Ovechkin stripped Foster of the puck at the Oilers blueline and then worked a give-and-go (and give-and-go) to Marcus Johanson before burying the puck under the crossbar.
With 12 minutes to go, Khabibulin lost out in a race for the puck with Jason Chimera and as a result found himself out of position. The puck then found its way to Fehr who put it into the open net for his second of the night.
Washington made it 5-0 late in the third on a goal from Alexander Semin. Semin and Sturm skated in on a two-on-one which ended with Semin converting the easy tap-in for the goal.
The final shot tally was 36 to 22 in favour of Washington.
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