Returning back home to the Verizon Center for first time in 16 days the Washington Capitals hoped to extend their home winning streak to 13 straight against red hot Edmonton Oilers whom they lost to back on October 26th this season 4-1. It would not be easy coming into the game as the Caps were without key players such as winger T.J. Oshie and defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik. The Caps would emerge victorious winning by a score of 2-1 to tie the franchise record at 13 straight wins set by the 2009-10 team. Washington still has not lost a regulation game at home since December 17th.
Caps winger Tom Wilson scored the first goal of the game in the first period for his first goal in four games. He was assisted by defensemen Dmitry Orlov and Taylor Chorney; Orlov recorded his first point in nine games and Chorney recorded his second consecutive game with a point. Justin Williams would score the game deciding goal in the third period for the first time in eight games; Williams has scored 24 points in his last 27 games. He was assisted by center Jay Beagle and defensemen Karl Alzner; Beagle now has three assists in his past six games and Alzner recorded his first point in six games. Caps goalie Braden Holtby made 30 saves and has won ten of his last 11 starts; he also improves his career record against Edmonton to 5-2-1.
The Oilers lone goal tonight was scored by center Leon Draisaitl in the second period to tie the game 1-1; Draisaitl has scored three goals and seven points in his past six games. He was assisted by defensemen Andrej Sekera and center Connor McDavid; Sekera recorded his first point since Jan 31st and McDavid recorded his ninth point in his past seven games. Goalie Cam Talbot stopped 23 out of 25 shots tonight and drops his career record against Washington to 2-3-0. Despite the loss, the Oilers were still able to snap the Caps streak of home wins with five or more goals scored at 11 tonight.
Washington will try to extend their current two game win streak to three when they travel down South to Nashville to take on the Predators Saturday night. Game time will be 5:00 PM/ET.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).