The Oilers fell the Capitals 2-1 in a shootout as they close out their four-game road trip with a record of 2-1-1
/ EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer
WASHINGTON, DC - Jujhar Khaira scored in his return to the lineup, and for the third time on their road trip the Oilers went beyond regulation. This time, however, the orange and blue would fall to the Washington Capitals 2-1 in a shootout.
Laurent Brossoit, who got the start between the pipes for the Oilers, stopped 18 shots in regulation and overtime, and two out of the three Caps players in the shootout.
"You never want to go to the shootout, you want to win as quickly as possible," said Brossoit. "But having said that, it's a good opportunity to try to steal a win. It's unfortunate I couldn't do that."
A scoreless first period ended with some fireworks. With roughly two minutes to go in the frame, Oilers winger Patrick Maroon and Capitals winger Tom Wilson got tangled up along the boards. Each received roughing minors. But when the two came out of the box, that's when things heated up even more. Maroon and Wilson dropped the gloves and engaged in a long tilt that got the benches and fans on their feet.
In the second, the Oilers nearly took a lead at 6:16 but Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made contact with the leg of Braden Holtby and the reviewed goal came off the board due to goalie interference.
The Oilers outshot the Capitals 12-7 in the second period, but they couldn't beat Holtby. Maroon had six shots through two periods, including a flurry of chances with less than two minutes to go in the frame.
The scoring finally came when Iiro Pakarinen tried to wrap the puck around Holtby, and Khaira planted himself in front and slipped it underneath the goaltender. The goal, at 1:32 of the third, was Khaira's first of the season. Pakarinen and Ryan Strome each recorded an assist.
"That was a great goal from our line and our team and those are the goals we're going to need from the third and fourth lines. Stromer and Pakarinen made a great play and we were just whacking away and it went in."
Khaira was playing his first game since a 5-2 loss to Washington in Edmonton on October 28.
"I've been practicing hard," Khaira said. "The coaches have been keeping me honest and keeping me in game shape. I didn't feel bad out there. I felt I had my legs early and I tried to do what I can."
The Capitals got the equalizer at 5:14 of the third. Dmitry Orlov skated to the slot and sniped his first of the season past Brossoit.
For the first time all season, the Oilers were not given a power play.
A scoreless overtime led into a shootout, where T.J. Oshie was the lone goal-scorer for the Capitals. Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid and Mark Letestu were kept out of the net as the Oilers failed to capture the second point.
"I thought we played a pretty solid game for a full 65 minutes, and it was perhaps our best played game on the road," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "It's unfortunate we didn't come away with two points. We're still struggling to score, but I liked a lot of our players and a lot about our game tonight."
The Oilers now return home to host the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the first time in team history on Tuesday.