Oilers Come Back In 3rd Period To Defeat Capitals, 4-3, In Overtime; Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson Extend Respective Point-Streaks To Nine Games

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β€ͺThe Washington Capitals fell to the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 4-3 in overtime at Rogers Place on Thursday night to extend their point-streak to five games (4-0-1). The point put the Capitals five ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 36 saves in the overtime loss.

Capitals’ Lines at Oilers

The Capitals made no lineup changes from their 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. Defenseman John Carlson appeared in his 700th career NHL game. Forward Tom Wilson played after taking a maintenance day during the morning skate. Forward Richard Panik (upper-body injury) missed his fourth consecutive game.

First Period

Defenseman Darnell Nurse banked a shot off of Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov through the wickets of Holtby after taking the puck wide to make it 1-0 Oilers 13:04 in.

The Capitals led 6-3 in blocked shots, had six giveaways while the Oilers had seven, and won 58% of the draws in the first.

The Oilers led 11-8 in shots, 5-4 in hits, and 4-2 in takeaways in the opening stanza.

Each team failed to convert on their lone man advantage of the period.

Second Period

Forward Jakub Vrana got forward Garnet Hathaway’s rebound from the side of the goal, spun, and beat goaltender Mikko Koskinen over the arm to tie the game 5:40 into the period.

47 seconds later, captain Alex Ovechkin deflected defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler’s shot from the point in the slot through Koskinen’s five-hole to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead and to extend his point-streak to nine games.

Ovechkin struck again from his office high glove side all alone after getting fed by forward Tom Wilson from the opposite circle to make it 3-1 on the power-play with 6:20 left in the second. It was his 250th career power-play goal.

The Capitals led 10-9 in hits, 15-9 in blocked shots, and had only eight giveaways while the Oilers had 14 in the first two periods. They went 1-for-2 on the power-play in the opening 40 minutes.

The Oilers led 25-19 in shots, including 14-11 in the middle stanza, 10-8 in takeaways, and won 54% of the faceoffs through two. They failed to score on the two power-play opportunities they had in the first two periods.

Third Period

Forward Leon Draisaitl beat Holtby to the blocker side after getting fed by captain Connor McDavid on a two-on-one to cut the Capitals’ lead to 3-2 4:25 into the third.

McDavid tapped it past Holtby from the slot after forward James Neal fed him from the right dot to tie the game with 1:37 left.

The Capitals led 21-14 in blocked shots and had only 10 giveaways while the Oilers had 18. They went 1-for-2 on the power-play.

The Oilers led 39-28 in shots, including 14-9 in the third, 20-19 in hits, and 10-8 in takeaways. They failed to score on the two power-play opportunities.

Each team won 50% of the draws.

Overtime

Draisaitl finished a two-on-one with McDavid to win it for Edmonton 1:18 into overtime.

The Oilers held a 1-0 shot advantage in overtime.

The Capitals continue their season-long five-game road trip at the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. Action from Rogers Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 10 PM ET.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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