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Capitals defeat Oilers for 13th straight home win

Justin Williams breaks tie, Braden Holtby makes 30 saves for Washington

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals won their 13th straight home game, 2-1 against the Edmonton Oilers at Verizon Center on Friday.

Tom Wilson and Justin Williams scored, and Braden Holtby made 30 saves for the Capitals (41-12-7), who tied their record for consecutive home wins.

Williams gave Washington a 2-1 lead at 5:48 of the third period. He swiped in a puck from the right circle to beat goalie Cam Talbot on his far side.


WATCH: All Oilers vs. Capitals highlights


Williams and linemates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson were tasked with the matchup against Connor McDavid's line most of the game.

"Coach [Barry] Trotz gave us a challenge to go against McDavid tonight, and I felt for the better part of the game, we had the puck more than them, and that's really how you shut him down," Williams said. "He can't score if he doesn't have the puck."

Video: EDM@WSH: Talbot robs Caps twice at the doorstep

McDavid assisted on Leon Draisaitl's goal, and Talbot made 24 saves for the Oilers (33-21-8).

"I thought it was a pretty good effort for us overall," Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "We were right there pretty much the whole game. We still maybe could have picked it up a little bit, but overall we can't be upset about that one. We can't hang our heads. We played hard, and it's a top team in the League right now, so it kind of shows where we're at. Honestly, it kind of gives us a little confidence that we played so well against that team."

Wilson scored at 12:22 of the first period to give Washington a 1-0 lead. Draisaitl tied it 1-1 35 seconds into the second period with his 23rd of the season.

Video: EDM@WSH: Talbot uses quick glove to deny Connolly

Capitals defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik did not play, each scratched with a lower-body injury. Forward T.J. Oshie missed the game with an upper-body injury.

"I think it sends a good message to everybody that we can handle a little adversity and we can handle guys stepping up into bigger roles and doing more of that," Trotz said. "From our standpoint, it's a little bit of an obstacle, but it's also a little bit of a character-builder for us, and it's forcing us to play at a higher level with some people out."

Goal of the game

Defenseman Dmitry Orlov made a drop pass to Wilson along the boards while Talbot was screened by Daniel Winnik, allowing Wilson to quickly get off a shot that went in off the far post for his fifth of the season.

Video: EDM@WSH: Wilson buries a rocket through traffic

Save of the game

Kuznetsov fed Williams for a scoring chance, but Talbot got to the right post quickly to make a pad save in the second period.

Video: EDM@WSH: Talbot denies Williams with the pad

Highlight of the game

Draisaitl took Williams' turnover and stickhandled past Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner before shooting past Holtby.

Video: EDM@WSH: Draisaitl beats Holtby from the slot

Unsung moment of the game

Jay Beagle's no-look pass to Williams from the boards led to the game-winning goal.

Video: EDM@WSH: Williams buries rocket slap shot top-shelf

They said it

"I thought it was outstanding. We give that team a lot of credit. We knew what they were capable of coming in, and we knew there was a lot of areas that we were going to have to be really good or they were going to expose us. We shut down their big players. I think [Kuznetsov] was obviously phenomenal on the defensive side. It's good defense when we have the puck. But playing against Connor McDavid isn't easy, and he controlled the play. That's inevitably what controlled the game for the most part." -- Capitals goalie Braden Holtby


"Our team's playing really well. We're making it tough for teams to come into this building, which is something we always kind of wanted to do. We've had a group effort all year long, and especially the latter [part] of the season we've been doing really well. A couple big pieces of ours go down, and great work by these guys stepping in against a tough Oiler team that has pace and has good physical presence." -- Capitals forward Tom Wilson


"He's so good. He's so good with the puck and he's a passer. He's good, and they have a couple of guys who can shoot the puck as well. They have some real good combinations on their team, so they're dangerous." -- Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom on Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov

Need to know

Niskanen will travel but will not play Saturday at the Nashville Predators. Orpik and Oshie will not travel but could meet the Capitals prior to their game at the New York Rangers on Tuesday. ... Capitals forward Riley Barber played 9:56 and had two shots in his NHL debut. Defenseman Aaron Ness played 10:37 in his season debut. ... Trotz won his 699th NHL game. He is 699-535-126 with 60 ties. ... The Capitals also won 13 straight home games from Jan. 5-March 6, 2010.

What's next

Oilers: At the Nashville Predators on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Capitals: At the Nashville Predators on Saturday (5 p.m. ET; SN, CSN-DC, FS-TN, NHL.TV)


Video: Wilson, Williams tally in 2-1 win against Oilers

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