Capitals Down Oilers, 2-1


The Capitals beat the Oilers, 2-1 Friday night at Verizon Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 41-12-7 (89 points). The Capitals next travel to Nashville to face the Predators on Saturday. Puck drop is 5:00 p.m. 

Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Philipp Grubauer will get the start on Saturday in Nashville.

Matt Niskanen (lower body), Brooks Orpik (lower body) and TJ Oshie (upper body) did not play tonight. All are listed as day-to-day. Andre Burakovsky missed his fifth consecutive game due to a hand injury.


  • The Capitals streak of consecutive home games scoring 5 or more goals came to an end at 11 games.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov had a great game.
  • Tom Wilson scored his 5th goal of the season.
  • Capitals have won 13 consecutive home games. This matches a franchise record set in 2009-10.
  • This was the Capitals’ 347th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.

Tom Wilson started the scoring with a nasty wrister from the left dot at 12:22 of the opening frame.


The period would end with the Capitals leading 1-0. Edmonton outshot Washington 16-12 for the first period.

The Oilers would tie it up quickly with a goal by Leon Draisaitl just 35 seconds into the second period.


The second period tied 1-1. The Oilers outshot the Capitals 8-7 for the second period. Edmonton led in shots on goal 24-19 after two periods of play.

Justin Williams regained the lead for the Capitals with a snipe at 5:48 of the final frame, making it 2-1. The goal was set up by a beautiful pass by Jay Beagle.


Capitals held on for the 2-1 win.


By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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