After kicking off the season undefeated in regulation, the Caps hit the road for their annual end-of-October Western Conference swing, kicking things off with a visit to the speedy ice and speedier youngsters of Edmonton. And while the Caps dominated just about every facet of the game (save for the occasional faceoff), they simply weren't able to crack Ben Scrivens, picking up their first regulation loss of the season. Guess it had to happen eventually...
Look for our full recap tomorrow morning, but first, Wednesday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: When you're playing a team like the Oilers, it's important to act like it... in other words, dominate as much as possible. The Caps did just that, winning the possession battle by a healthy margin - they outshot, outchanced and out-Corsi'd the Oilers, continuing a very promising trend of strong play at five-on-five.
- Minus: The Oilers are an opportunistic team, and they took advantage of a couple of mistakes by a couple of Caps veterans tonight. First was a puck taking a funny bounce on Alex Ovechkin, which led to an odd-man rush the other way and a quick game-tying tally by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins less than a minute after the Caps took the lead; the second was a bad offensive-zone penalty by Jason Chimera, which resulted in a power-play goal against for the second-straight game. Little things - some that can be helped, some that can't - are often the difference, and tonight they were.
Our "Moment of Zen" First Star - Nicklas Backstrom's 500th career point: