The Edmonton Oilers had some special guests on the ice for Friday’s practice: cute dogs!
As part of the team’s partnership with the Edmonton Police, the Oilers promoted The Edmonton Police Service Canine Unit. The pups interacted with the players and chased some pucks. Sometimes they even chewed on said pucks too!
Finally back in the Verizon Center the Caps took on the Edmonton Oilers and seem to have found their footing again after that dumb bye week.
The first period started off a bit boring until the most glorious goal of all time came from Tom Wilson. You read that correctly…Tom Wilson, with assists from Orlov and Chorney.
Didn’t take long for the Oilers to answer back in the second period with a messy goal from Leon Draisaitl.
The third period happened, and Justin Williams delivered with a gorgeous puck to the upper corner of the net.
Caps beat Oilers 2-1.
Tonight, the Capitals return to Verizon Center to take on the Edmonton Oilers, who have been surprisingly hot lately. After some touch-and-go, the Caps got their groove back Wednesday night to crush the Flyers, 4-1. On the flip side, the Oilers have a 4-1 record in their last five games.
It’s been 13 days since the Caps last took to their home ice. Despite the recent rash of injuries, their recent dominance in DC suggests a good chance of two points tonight.
Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN-DC.
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Last night the Washington Capitals lost their third game of the season, 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers. Through the first two periods the game was mostly a sleepy affair, with neither team getting much going and the Oilers gaining a two-goal lead off of a couple of deflections. Despite an Alex Ovechkin goal to start off the third period (his fourth of the season), the Caps couldn’t catch up and ultimately allowed another pair, resulting in their first losing streak in a long time.
How did the battles within the game go? Well, considering the final score, it was mostly okay for the boys from Washington. Shot attempts at five-on-five ended up being exactly tied at 45-45. The Caps actually out-attempted the Oilers overall, 64-57.
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.
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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For years, the Edmonton Oilers were in the cellar of the standings, raking in high draft picks like fall leaves. Last offseason, the Oilers rebuilt their rebuild, trading away number one selections Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov while signing Milan Lucic to a seven-year contract. Connor McDavid, a generational talent with just 45 games of NHL experience, was given the C.
With the new captain, the youngest in NHL history, and a half billion dollar new arena, the Oilers have now won five of their first six games in the 2016-17 season, holding the top spot in the Western Conference and placing second in the NHL.
“It’ll interesting to see how they do this year because I think they have all the talent to be a much better team than they have been recently, with McDavid leading the way especially,” Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen said Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “It’ll be for sure a different Oilers team than it’s been the last couple years.”
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