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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Capitals

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers play their 11th game of the regular season tonight and fourth on home ice.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Yakupov - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Perron - Arcobello - Hemsky
Jones - Gordon - Pitlick
Gazdic - Acton - Eager

Smid - Petry
Ference - N. Schultz
Belov - J.Schultz


Out: MacIntyre (knee), Joensuu (back), Hamilton (knee), Gagner (jaw), Potter (back), Hall (knee), Smyth (groin), Grebeshkov (healthy)


Tonight's game is now underway.

14:25: Oilers carried the play early, including a shift by the fourth line which resulted in some traffic and a couple near misses in front of the Capitals net as the puck bounced around.

10:58: David Perron was sprung on a partial breakaway, firing a shot from the top of the right circle that Holtby turned away with his blocker.
10:40: Tom Wilson gets two minutes for elbowing to give the Oilers the game's first man advantage.
     " PP was much more efficient with their pressure but yielded no goal. Eventually, it's critical mass. Keep shooting."
1:47: Off the faceoff, Alex Ovechkin takes a pass from the top of the right circle and wrists it top corner past Dubnyk to put the Capitals on the board. | WSH 1, EDM 0
0:00: Shots on goal after one period were 12-11 for the Oilers.


Second period is now underway.

18:51: Mike Green gets two minutes for hooking, giving Edmonton its second man advantage of the night.

17:23: Anton Belov skates back to try and break up a Caps shorthanded two-on-one opportunity and is sent to the box for slashing as a result. That ends the Oilers power play.

8:02: Hemsky skated around the net and spotted David Perron in front. Perron's quick shot was stopped by Holtby as he slid across to make the save.

4:25: Joel Ward tips a point shot from John Carlson past Dubnyk to increase Washington's lead to two goals. | WSH 2, EDM 0
3:24: Capitals call their 30-second timeout. Shots on goal are 17-17.

3:07: John Erskine gets a roughing penalty as the Oilers try and narrow the gap before the end of the period.

0:00: Shots on goal after 40 minutes are 22-18 for Edmonton.


Third period is now underway.

18:36: Caps complete a three-way passing play with Backstrom slipping the puck into a wide-open net after a nice cross-ice pass from Marcus Johansson. | WSH 3, EDM 0
11:17: Shots on goal are 24-24 as the third period nears the midway point.

6:37: Jason Chimera gets in behind the Oilers defence and rings the puck top corner and in. | WSH 4 EDM 0

2:05: Justin Schultz corrals a pass from David Perron and dekes out Holtby to break the Caps netminder's shutout bid. | WSH 4 EDM 1

0:55: A skirmish erupts in front of the Oilers net.

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