McDavid extends his point streak to eight games with a goal as the Oilers five-game road winning streak is snapped by the Capitals
WASHINGTON, DC - The Oilers were trumped in Washington on Monday, losing 4-2 to the defending Stanley Cup-winning Capitals.
Connor McDavid extended his point streak to eight games with a power-play goal and Leon Draisaitl notched his eighth tally and 15th point with a second-period marker. McDavid is now up to 22 points on the season.
Cam Talbot stopped 19 of 23 shots as the Capitals snapped the Oilers five-game road winning streak. Edmonton is 8-5-1 on the season.
The Oilers continue their four-game road trip Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The game can be seen on Sportsnet West and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 5:38 p.m. MST.
Caps backup Pheonix Copley made 31 saves to backstop the home side to victory.
"I don't think it was a one-way game," said Alex Chiasson. "It's a team that knows when to put their foot on the gas and knows how to put the puck in the net."
With ample firepower including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, McDavid and Draisaitl on the ice, it didn't take long for the red lamp to illuminate.
Although, the goals didn't come from the usual Caps suspects.
Washington's fourth line tallied the first two goals of the game, with Jakub Vrana opening the scoring just 2:44 into the match then Devante Smith-Pelly adding to the lead exactly three minutes later.
"I think we gave it away in the first 10 minutes," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "We didn't give up much after that... but when you chase the game against a real, real good team - the Stanley Cup champs - you're probably going to lose more often than not."
Vrana sniped far side from the slot then Smith-Pelly deposited a drop-pass left by Travis Boyd, giving the Caps a two-goal lead just six minutes in.
"They scored two goals in the first five or six minutes there," Chiasson continued. "When you're down at the start of the game like that on the road, you're chasing the game. Probably not the right way to play the whole game."
Talbot - seeking his 100th career win as an Oiler - settled as the period progressed, making sound stops on T.J. Oshie's net-front deflection and Andre Burakovsky's rip from the wing.
Edmonton made good on their second power play of the game in the first thanks to a McDavid marker. The Oilers Captain achieved his 10th of the season with a short side snipe, cutting the deficit to one.
Three more goals came in the second, with Washington adding two of their own and the Oilers getting one.
"They're an opportunistic team," said Talbot, who sits at 99 wins as an Oiler still. "Tonight they capitalized on everything that we gave them in front."
Oshie lifted the puck over Talbot's left shoulder after accepting a spinning backhand pass from Nicklas Backstrom. It was Oshie's seventh marker of the season, making it 3-1.
"That's an all-world pass by one of the best playmakers in the game," said Talbot of Backstrom's feed.
Down by two once again, Draisaitl pulled his squad within one by redirecting Adam Larsson's slap-pass just after John Carlson's delay of game minor expired.
Larsson was called for slashing shortly after and the Caps made it count. None other than The Great Eight made the mesh ripple from his office in the left circle, scoring his 11th to make it 4-2. Washington ended the night 1-for-2 on the power play.
The Oilers opened the third trying to find the equalizer, which wasn't an easy task given the Caps entered the contest 5-1-0 when leading after two periods. Edmonton dictated much of the play, going on a 7-0 shot run and getting opportunities from Klefbom's backhand blind fire then his drive from the point.
"Towards the second half of the game we built shift by shift but against a team like that, you got to be ready to start off puck drop," said Chiasson.