The Capitals knew this was a classic trap game, winners of five in a row and playing the worst team in the Western Conference, the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers came in off a 4-1 loss in Philly last night and the Caps just needed a spark and got it when Alex Ovechkin received a perfect pass from Jason Arnott on the power play and the Capitals were rolling routing the Edmonton Oilers 5-0.
The Caps were shutout in the first period for the eighth time in their past nine games, but out shot the Oilers 12-10 and were just missing putting one in. A little over five minutes into the second their fortunes changed when they got a power play and Arnott, from the point, put a perfect pass right on Ovechkin’s tape right in the slot and Ovi put in his 26th of the year and his first home power play goal of the season. Later in the period Eric Fehr, who had missed the previous 22 games with a shoulder injury, put in a rebound on the power play, his 9th of the year, to make it 2-0 Caps going to the third. It was the Caps first game with two power play goals since November 26th, 2010. The Caps out shot the Oilers 15-7 in the period and had all the momentum.
Just over three minutes into the third, Marcus Johansson, who is filling in on the first line for Alex Ovechkin, got a Ovechkin takeaway and him and Ovi did a little give and go on a 2 on none, they must’ve passed it five times or so, but Ovechkin got it at the last second to beat Nikolai Khabibulin for the second time and to make it 3-0. Later Johansson said that everyone knew Ovechkin would be the last guy to get the puck to put it in. Four minutes after that, Khabibulin went way out of his crease and Jason Chimera stole it and found a cutting Eric Fehr for his 10th and second of the game. Finally Alexander Semin did a give and go with Marco Sturm and it was 5-0 Caps and Semin got his 25th of the season.
It was milestone night for the Capitals. Braden Holtby got his first NHL shutout stopping all 22 shots. Arnott got his 900th career NHL point, Ovechkin got his 600th point, Dennis Wideman got his 200th point and Marco Sturm got his first point as a Capital. Holtby is now 6-2-2 on the season. The Caps put 36 shots on Khabibulin and the Oilers.
The Caps have won six in a row, matching a season high and are now 32-0-3 when scoring three or more goals. They also are 24-0-2 when leading after two periods and 21-3-4 when scoring a power play goal. The Caps are two games up on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Southeast Division, but the Lighting have played one less game. The Caps will host the Carolina Hurricanes in a big game on Friday. Check out what Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, Braden Holtby and Marcus Johansson said following the game.
2nd 5:38 Ovechkin (26), Arnott (13), Semin (21)
2nd 10:32 Fehr (9), Carlson (23), Ovechkin (45)
3rd 3:10 Ovechkin (27), Johansson (11)
3rd 7:47 Fehr (10), Chimera (13), Laich (23)
3rd 14:30 Semin (25), Sturm (6), Wideman (26)
Bruce Boudreau Postgame Audio
Alex Ovechkin Postgame Audio
Eric Fehr Postgame Audio
Braden Holtby Postgame Audio
Marcus Johansson Postgame Audio
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