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An absolute display of superstar talent: the Capitals beat the Oilers 5-4

An absolute display of superstar talent: the Capitals beat the Oilers 5-4

The Edmonton Oilers were in town and that’s always special because it means Connor McDavid and Alex Ovechkin are sharing the same ice. The two generational talents battling it out won’t be something we see much more of, so enjoy it.

It wasn’t the superstar who started the scoring on Monday night either, as Dylan Strome ripped off Warren Foegele and pulled home the go-ahead score in the bottom of the first. The second featured five total goals from both teams and they came from Strome, McDavid, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ovechkin.

Leon Draisaitl cut the Caps’ lead back to one early in the third. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nugent-Hopkins struck in quick succession very late.

The Capitals beat the Oilers 5-4!

  • The first period was much better than I thought with the incredibly injury-riddled Chiefs facing Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and co. The defensive effort was unified and Charlie Lindgren was very solid. They even created more dangerous chances at five-on-five than Edmonton. great start
  • Guess who wore a letter on his jersey with Dmitry Orlov out of the lineup? Trevor van Riemsdyk! My boy TVR has been very good in stepping up to the role he’s been forced into with all the injuries. I hope this stretch of play lets the coaching staff know they can rely on him for more than just third-pairing minutes and penalty-killing responsibility.
  • The crossbar has been very unpleasant for the Caps in the last two games. First Nick Ritchie had a big rebound to help the Coyotes down the Caps on Saturday and in the first period denied. Sonny Milano his first goal in DC. Luckily, Dylan Strome he was able to avoid the cursed metal and put the puck into the back bar for the opening goal.
  • The second period was even better than the first for the Caps. They pressed a lot and played a lot of time in the offensive zone, which caused the Oilers to take a lot of penalties. The power play scored four times in the game and now has seven goals in his last five games.
  • Alex Ovechkin got on the board with his 788th career goal and his sixth in his last games this season. Oilers rookie netminder Stuart Skinner showed Ovi some love before the game and talked about being excited to tackle his legendary shot. Well, he did and it became the 163rd goal difference that Ovi has scored in his career.
  • Connor McDavid he’s a literal hockey-playing alien. The second he got to the top of the circle with that four-on-four puck, I knew he was tagged for the back of the net. Congratulations to him on his 500th career game.
  • I think I’ve said this four or five times this season, but big thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks for letting the Caps have both Dylan Strome i Erik Gustafsson for free. Three-point night for the two guys the Chiefs should probably be in extension talks with yesterday. I never thought I’d be so impressed with Gustafsson, but here we are. Never need to leave the first drive on the power play again. I’m sorry, John.
  • Less so in the third, but it felt like it was coming, as the Oilers would put McDavid and Draisaitl on the ice basically every other shift.
  • Alex Ovechkin. This is. This is the bullet. Too, Yevgeny Kuznetsov scored his first two goals of the season. But also Alex Ovechkin.
  • They have scored a handful but they do it against everyone and Charlie Lindgren he came up big in the third period to keep his team in the game. What a breath of fresh air the goalkeeper has been overall this season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be in town on Wednesday as the Chiefs return to Metropolitan Division action. The Pens have lost seven games in a row, so they will be desperate for a win against their rivals.

Headline photo: Alan Dobbins/RMNB





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