Absolute showcase of superstar talent: Capitals beat Oilers 5-4

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

It was neither of the superstars who started the scoring on Monday night as Dylan Strome ripped off Warren Foegele and scored the first scorer late in the first. The second featured five goals in total from both teams and they came from Strome, McDavid, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ovechkin.

Leon Draisaitl again cut the Caps lead to one early in the third. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nugent-Hopkins hit back-to-back very late.

The Capitals beat the Oilers 5-4!

  • The first half went much better than I expected with the incredibly injured Caps taking on Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and co. The defensive effort was unified and Charlie Lindgren was very solid. They even created more high-risk 5-on-5 chances than in Edmonton. Good start.
  • Guess who got to wear a letter on their shirt with Dmitry Orlov out of training? Trevor Van Riemsdyk! My boy TVR has been really good in the increased role he’s been forced into with all the injuries. I hope this streak lets the coaching staff know they can rely on him for more than just third pair minutes and the responsibility of giving penalties.
  • The crossbar has been very mean to the Caps the last two games. Nick Ritchie first got a great rebound to help the Coyotes defeat the Caps on Saturday and in the first period he denied sonny milano his first goal at DC. Fortunately, Dylan Strom was able to avoid the cursed metal and put the puck on the back bar instead for first base.
  • The second period was even better than the first for the Caps. They pressed hard and played a ton of time in the offensive zone, which led to the Oilers taking a whole bunch of penalties. The power play scored four times in the game and now has seven goals in its 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 goaltender Stuart Skinner showed Ovi some pre-game love and spoke of being thrilled to face his legendary shot. Well, he did and became the 163rd different goalie Ovi has scored on in his career.
  • Connor McDavid is an alien who literally plays hockey. The second he got to the top of the circle with that four-on-four puck, I knew it was marked for the back of the net. Congratulations to him on his 500th career game.
  • I think I’ve said it four or five times this season, but a big thank you to the Chicago Blackhawks for letting the Caps have both. Dylan Strom and Erik Gustafsson free. Three-point night for the two guys the Caps should probably be in overtime talks with yesterday. I never thought I would be so impressed with Gustafsson, but here we are. He must never leave the first unit in the power set again. Sorry, John.
  • Worse in the third, but I had a feeling the Oilers were going to have McDavid and Draisaitl on the ice pretty much every other shift.
  • Alex Ovechkin. That’s it. It’s the ball. Also, Yevgeny Kuznetsov scored his first two goals of the season. But also Alex Ovechkin.
  • They scored a handful but they do it against everyone and Charlie Lindgren came on huge several times in the third period to keep his team in the game. What a breath of fresh air goalkeepers have been overall this season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins come to town on Wednesday as the Caps resume action in the Metropolitan Division. The Pens have lost seven straight, so they will be desperate to win against their rivals.

Main photo: Alan Dobbins/MRNB

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