Cam Talbot made 34 saves and Benoit Pouliot scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers won their fourth in a row, 4-1 over the Washington Capitals Wednesday night at Rogers Place.
The Oilers are 6-1 to start the season for the first time since the 1985/86 season.
After a scoreless first period, the Oilers found themselves hemmed in to start the second frame. But, the Oilers scored on their first shot of the period at 7:48 when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ shot deflected in off Pouliot. Pouliot scored again at 17:08, banking a shot from behind the net off Washington goalie Braden Holtby.
Alexander Ovechkin pulled Washington back into the game with a goal just nine seconds into the third. Patrick Maroon restored the two-goal lead 1:16 later, slamming in a loose puck after Jesse Puljujarvi hit the post. Milan Lucic added a power play goal with 10:03 to go.
Connor McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins both had two assists. McDavid now has 11 points on the season, which leads the NHL.
Pouliot said it was good to chip in offensively, especially against the Capitals.
“Against that team it’s not easy to get offence,” Pouliot said. “When you push their (defence) back you drive to the net and create something. (Nugent-Hopkins) made some great plays on both goals. (Oscar Kelfbom) drove it on the second goal and it was just good bounces on our side for sure.”
Talbot earned his sixth win of the season.
He said special teams played a big part in the win.
“(The Capitals) are not an easy team to contain,” Talbot said. “All you can do is hope to contain them, you can never really stop them. I think we did a pretty good job (of that) tonight. Our penalty kill was outstanding, We didn’t let anything through the seams, we made them go up and around us and kept them to the outside. We came up with some big blocks as well. That’s a high powered power play over there and our penalty kill was up to the challenge.
The Oilers went 3/3 on the penalty kill and 1/4 with the man advantage.
The Oilers play in Vancouver on Friday. (jrw)