Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander Ovechkin tallied a goal and an
assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers
at Verizon Center.
Nicklas Backstrom assisted on three goals, while Braden Holtby turned away 28-
of-30 shots to help the Capitals end a three-game losing streak.
Boyd Gordon and Will Acton both lit the lamp in the defeat. Netminder Jason
LaBarbera allowed four goals on 20 shots as the Oilers lost their third
Justin Schultz knocked down a Washington pass in the neutral zone and raced
down the right side into the Capitals' zone. Schultz dished a pass to the
middle where Gordon fired a shot off the left post and into the net past
Holtby 9:48 into the first period.
Brooks Laich tied the game less than four minutes later. Edmonton failed to
clear the zone, and Steve Oleksy held the puck in at the point and passed to
Laich, who fired a shot under the right pad of LaBarbera for his first goal of
Washington scored their next three goals on their next three shots.
The Caps took the lead close to 10 minutes into the second period. Joel Ward
camped out at the side of the net and buried a feed that was sent across the
goalmouth from Backstrom past LaBarbera for a power-play goal.
Ovechkin continued his frantic goal-scoring pace by scoring his sixth goal in
as many games this season. Washington's captain took a pass from Marcus
Johansson in the slot and rocketed a shot past a screened LaBarbera.
Troy Brouwer quickly scored 43 seconds later on a one-timer on the power play.
The goal was set up by quick tic-tac-toe passing from Mikhail Grabovski and
Backstrom to give the Caps a three-goal lead.
A hard hit from Ovechkin on Mike Brown near the boards started a brawl with
close to eight minutes left in the game. Brown and Luke Gazdic picked up
roughing minors for Edmonton, while Mike Green and Kyle Alzner went to the box
for Washington with Ovechkin gaining the extra two minutes for interference.
Acton scored his first career goal with less than two minutes remaining in the
third. David Perron dug the puck away from the boards behind the net to get
the puck to Jeff Petry. Acton took a pass from Petry and threw the puck into
Backstrom had his third multi-point game of the season ... This was the first
of two meetings this season between the two clubs ... Edmonton scratched
forward Nail Yakupov for the second straight game ... Johansson picked up his
100th career point.
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