The Washington Capitals kept their incredible home ice winning streak going Friday night with a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
“We knew coming in it was going to be a tough task,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “I thought we played with them most of the night. Turned the puck over a little too much in the second period; they got a little momentum there. We were unable to draw any penalties to try and get our powerplay an opportunity to tie it up. But it was a pretty close game. It was back and forth, hard fought. Both teams back ends, I thought, played well. Goaltenders were good. So it was one of those nights where we were just a little bit short.”
The Capitals scored the only goal of the first period when Tom Wilson’s shot beat a screened Cam Talbot. The Oilers replied just 35 seconds into the second frame. Leon Draisaitl hopped on a loose puck in the high slot and wristed his 23rd of the season past Braden Holtby. Andrej Sekera and Connor McDavid had the assists.
Justin Williams blasted a shot to the top corner on Talbot’s blocker side to make it 2-1 Caps with 14:12 to go in the third.
The Oilers pressed with six attackers for the final two minutes but couldn’t even it up.
“Obviously we had our breakdowns and too many turnovers, especially by me personally,” said Draisaitl. “Against a team like that, you can’t win that way. But I think our team, as a whole, played a pretty solid game.”
The Capitals have won 13 straight home games. The Oilers now sit a 2-2 with two games to go on their six-game road trip. They’ll visit Nashville on Sunday. (jrw)