Caps get back to winning, down Oilers

Updated: October 14, 2013


The Washington Capitals got back to their winning ways with a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Verizon Center. Not only did they get back to winning, but they got back to scoring on the power play, notching two man advantage tallies.

After falling behind 1-0 to Edmonton on a goal from former Cap Boyd Gordon, Brooks Laich scored his first gaol of the season at the 13:41 mark of the first period. Laich’s goal came to the right of Oilers’ net minder Jason LeBarbera. The goal was assisted by Steve Oleksy. Although out shot 10-3 in the first period, the Caps took a 1-1 tie into intermission.

The flood gates opened for the Caps in the second period, putting up a 3-0 advantage in the second period. Two of those three goals came on the Washington power play. Joel Ward scored the first power play marker at the 10:06 mark in an Alex Ovechkin type tally, having been fed across the net by Nicklas Backstrom. It was Wardo’s first of the season and assisted by Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.

Three minutes later, Ovechkin struck on the power play, beating LaBarbera in the slot for his 6th of the season.Ovechkin’s goal was assisted by Marcus Johansson and Backstrom, giving the Caps a 3-1 lead. The 3-1 lead lasted less than a minute when Troy Brouwer struck on the power play to give the Caps the 4-1 lead. Brouwer’s marker was his first of the season. Edmonton got a late third period goal by Will Acton to close out the scoring.

Braden Holtby got the start and win in the net. The win improved Holtby to 2-3 on the season. Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots on net. Caps face the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in their third of five game during the current home stand. The win improves Washington overall to 2-4.