Alexander Ovechkin had a three point night, and the Washington Capitals were on cruise control in a 5-0 victory over the Oilers.
The bag didn’t start to rip open on this one until the second period. The Oilers played well enough in the first period to where it was a scoreless affair after one.
Five minutes into the second, Alex Ovechkin scored on the powerplay, the Oilers were getting outshot from every which way, and it’s really an incredible thing that the Oilers didn’t get beat by more than five goals.
Nikolai Khabibulin didn’t look terrible. He was getting killed from every angle in the second and third periods, and he kept it together as best as he could.
When you’ve got that coming at you at full speed, you really can’t point fingers at the goaltender. Not the greatest moment by Kurtis Foster in his own end, but Foster easily wasn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back in this one.
Ovechkin had a pair, Eric Fehr had a pair, and the Oilers were held scoreless in 22 total shots against Washington goaltender Braden Holtby for his first career NHL shutout. During the last 40 minutes, the Oilers were able to amass 12 total shots, while yielding twice that number. Sam Gagner suffered an injury when he caught a skate in his left hand when one of the Oilers was hopping the bench. It was that kind of a night.
The Oilers suit up tomorrow night against the Red Wings in Detroit. Again, you may begin pregaming…now.
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