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The Capitals traveled to Edmonton to right their ship after a disastrous performance against Vancouver Thursday night. Washington would be successful, riding a three point night from Alexander Ovechkin, and they escaped Edmonton with two needed points.
Here's Sunday morning's Plus/Minus:
Plus: John Carlson, 28:51 minutes of ice time, had an outstanding game on both sides of the puck and carried the Capitals defense tonight.
Minus: Washington afforded their opponent the first goal of the contest for the eighth time in their past eleven games.
Eleven more notes on the game.
- Maroon got the Oilers on the scoreboard early thanks to a rebound created by Connor McDavid. McDavid strode down the left wing and whipped a shot that Braden Holtby stopped, but the puck ricocheted into the slot for Maroon to slam dunk.
- Five minutes later Adam Larsson spun Jay Beagle around in the slot and fired home a snap shot high stick side. Larsson’s shot hit Beagle’s stick, causing it to flutter end over end and it awkwardly eluded Holtby.
- But before the frame came to a close Devante Smith-Pelly fired home a sharp Carlson cross ice pass to draw Washington within one again. Carlson made a great play with his stick around Oscar Klefbom in the neutral zone to create the scoring play, the secondary assist went to Ovechkin.
- In the second it was Lars Eller knotting the game midway through. With a delayed penalty upcoming against Edmonton Ovechkin and Madison Bowey worked the puck to Eller who lit the lamp with a heavy shot.
- Thirty seconds into the third period Evgeny Kuznetsov deftly directed an Ovechkin pass up and over Cam Talbot to put Washington ahead for the first time in the game.
- And little more than fifteen minutes later Kuznetsov would dance through four Oilers in the slot and tuck the puck home behind Talbot to ice the victory with a gorgeous individual effort.
- Beagle tallied an empty net goal with nineteen seconds to play to end the evening.
- Washington would end the game without a man advantage opportunity. Edmonton would go 0 for 4 on their chances because of stellar penalty killing from the Capitals throughout the contest.
- Christian Djoos had a fair evening but he was guilty of a pair of bonehead decisions with the puck in the defensive zone. Experience will help in these situations, but right now they are dangerous.
- Nicklas Backstrom returned to Washington’s lineup after missing Thursday’s loss with illness. He wouldn’t register any points but his presence on the ice helped facilitate the team’s offense.
- Anthony Peluso made his Capitals debut and notched two minor penalties in a hair under five minutes of time on ice (4:45).
Washington will travel to Calgary tonight to faceoff against the Flames tomorrow evening.