Wednesday night, the Hershey Bears suffered their fourth loss of the season, a 3-2 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Bears were able to force overtime and extend their point streak to three, however. Tyler Lewington and Paul Carey recorded the two Hershey goals. Ex-Capital and Hershey Bear Chris Brown scored the Wolf Pack’s first goal off his skate. Hershey goaltender Joe Cannata stopped 32 of the Wolf Pack’s 35 shots in the loss.
Late in the second period, Oilers’ goaltender Cam Talbot did his best Tim Thomas impersonation, punching TJ Oshie in the head several times after the Caps winger crashed the crease.
Last season, the Washington Capitals used their western Canadian road trip to jump start their Presidents’ Trophy winning season.
Now it’s time for take two. The Caps headed into the brand new Rogers Place in Edmonton looking to find their “killer instinct,” according to Karl Alzner, after an inconsistent start to the season.
Despite the referees doling out eight PIMs in the first period, the game was scoreless after 20.
The Caps controlled the first 10 minutes of the second frame, outshooting the Oilers 7-0 in the second. Then the Edmonton fired their first shot on goal of the period. It went in. Ryan Nugget-Hopkins’s shot went off Benoit Pouliot, giving Edmonton a 1-nil lead. Less than 10 minutes later, Pouliot got another lucky goal when he banked the puck off Braden Holtby’s back.
Just nine seconds into the third, the Capitals had lift when Alex Ovechkin went from sniper to jackhammer in front of the net, scoring his a goal in his fourth straight game. Just over a minute later, however, the Caps got caught shadowing McDavid and Patrick Maroon gave the Oilers a two goal lead once again. Milan Lucic added — wait for it — another power play goal against the Caps. Oilers beat Caps 4-1.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was in a giving mood Wednesday night in Edmonton. After spotting a tiny Caps fan in the crowd during warmups, Ovechkin grabbed one of his Bauer twigs and tossed it into the crowd.
Even though the Edmonton Oilers have missed the playoffs ten straight years, they still have some of the most passionate fans in the NHL. Wednesday during pregame warmups, a sibling rivalry was revealed when one brother, wearing an Alex Ovechkin jersey, held up hand-made sign against the glass that said GO CAPS GO.
The older brother, wearing an Oilers jersey, disapproved. I know this because he held up a sign of his own that said When the Oilers win I still have to go home with this loser. His sign then had an arrow pointing at his brother.
The Caps visit Edmonton tonight, where the Oilers are off to a scorching hot start. The Oilers have been in rebuild mode since around the time Burr and Hamilton dueled in Weehawken, New Jersey. Could this be the year that they start to show signs of rejoining the ranks of respectable NHL franchises? With a talent like Connor McDavid, it’s certainly possible. I still think the Oilers are at least one big piece away from becoming a competitive club. Some say, oh I don’t know, like Taylor Hall. If they could acquire a talent like Hall, and put him with the maturing nucleus led by McDavid, this team might really have something cooking.
Puck drop is at 9:30 pm on CSN.
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This morning, one adventurous writer from the Edmonton Sun (nicknamed Ice T) broke down tonight’s matchup between the Washington Capitals and the Edmonton Oilers category-by-category. He gave the edge to the Oilers.
Opinions vary widely on Tom Wilson. Many fans around the league think he’s a dirty player while Caps fans forever debate whether he’s a bust or not. To all of this I have the following to say: who cares?
Today, our purpose here is not to make sweeping judgements for or against the Caps fourth line forward. We are also not going to compare Wilson to other first round picks and assess the judgement of selecting him in the first round.
Today, we are here to recognize Tom Wilson for being one of the Caps most trusted and effective penalty killers.
Saturday night, TJ Oshie was spitting blood after taking a high stick to the mouth from Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad. Zibanejad was given a four-minute double minor.
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