The Edmonton Oilers faced off against the Washington Capitals in a bid to gain ground on the Pacific Division standings. A win would have propelled them into third place to jump ahead of the Los Angeles Kings. Unfortunately for Edmonton, the Capitals were pretty much the better team throughout the night.
The Oilers would actually have two separate one-goal leads in the game—both in the second period–but the Capitals were quick to respond. On the second goal, Connor McDavid had a shorthanded breakaway but on the same power play Washington tied things up. The score remained 2–2 until the Capitals got their first lead of the game, just before the midpoint of the third period. That last goal held as the game-winner.
Had it not been for Stuart Skinner‘s 47 saves, the score could have been much higher. Looking at the shot plots, the Capitals were quite effective at getting into the high-danger areas, that that’s where all three of their goals came from. But Skinner was doing well given the volume. The Oilers defence needs to tighten things up as this has happened on multiple occasions now.
|Brett Kulak||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||01:44 | 2nd||WSH 0 – 1 EDM|
|Lars Eller||Sonny Milano||07:25 | 2nd||WSH 1 – 1 EDM|
|Connor McDavid (SHG)||Unassisted||15:25 | 2nd||WSH 1 – 2 EDM|
|T.J. Oshie (PPG)||Dylan Strome, Evgeny Kuznetsov||16:55 | 2nd||WSH 2 – 2 EDM|
|Nic Dowd||Aliaksei Protas, Nick Jensen||07:13 | 3rd||WSH 3 – 2 EDM|
All situations Corsi
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