Capitals Rally In Second Period, Lose Lead In Third Period, Fall In Overtime; Ovechkin Scores Twice: Inside The Numbers

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The Capitals would rally with another strong second period, scoring three unanswered goals in the middle frame to take a 3-1 lead at the second intermission. Edmonton would add a goal early in the final frame and tie the game 3-3 in the last two minutes of regulation to force overtime. The Oilers would be win this one 1:18 into overtime. The Capitals will wrap-up their annual Western Canadian road trip with a stop in Vancouver to face the Canucks Friday night, before heading back east for a tilt with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.



The Capitals would control a majority of the possession in the early going, but the Oilers would strike first on a goal deflected off the stick of Dmitry Orlov At 13:20 of the first frame. Edmonton would hold a 1-0 lead at the first break. The Capitals would tie the game early in the middle frame with a goal from Jakub Vrana at 5:40 of the second period. Alex a Ovechkin would add a tally 47 seconds later to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead at 6:27 of the second period. Ovechkin would strike again at 13:40 of the second period to stretch the Capitals lead to 3-1 lead at the second intermission. The Oilers would strike early in the final frame with a goal from Leon Draisaitl at 4:25 for a 3-2 game. The Oilers would tie the game with 1:38 left in regulation, and win it in overtime.


  • The Capitals had a significant advantage in zone time in the first 10 minutes, but it would be Holtby making two nice saves to keep the game even, somewhat symbolic of the Capitals style of a more aggressive attack this season.
  • The Capitals have been very strong in second periods so far this season and tonight was no different, scoring three unanswered goals in the middle frame, to take control of the game.
  • The Capitals have scored at least one goal in the second period of all 12 of their games this season, and they’ve scored multiple goals in five of the dozen games, and each of the last two.
  • The Capitals have outscored their opponents 20 to 6 in second periods this season, and they’ve scored a goal in every second period this season.
  • The Oilers would control the third period. They had a number of 2-on-1 breakaways, also a hazard for overly aggressive offensive zone play.
  • Nick Jensen had just 14:10 in total ice time, and was benched for a majority of the final frame. He had just two shifts in the third period.
  • John Carlson had another good game, but had two poor zone exit passes in overtime, both leading to turnovers, one resulting in an icing call.
  • The winning goal was the result of a Capitals shot that was overpursued in the offensive zone, yielding a 3-on-1 breakaway for the Oilers.

For the first period, the Oilers led in shot attempts 20-12 and 11-8 in shots on goal, with the Oilers lead 1-0. The Oilers led in shot attempts 16-15 and 10-8 in shots on goal for the second period, with the Capitals leading 3-1 at the second intermission. Oilers led in shot attempts 22-18 and 14-9 in shots on goal in the final frame.

Braden Holtby had a very strong game, and made several very big save. As you can see by the shot location heat map, Edmonton was firing from close range. Holtby stopped 36 of 40 for a .900 game save percentage.


  • The Capitals were 1 for 2 and the Oilers 0 for 2 on the power play.
  • Capitals won the faceoff battle 51-49%.
  • Alex Ovechkin registered 9 shots against the Oilers, the highest single-game total by a Capitals player this season.
  • Alex Ovechkin’s 2nd for the Capitals tonight has given him the most career power play goals scored on the road in NHL regular season history (125), as his 2nd period marker tonight vs EDM has put him past Brett Hull in that respect
  • Ovechkin also passes Hull for 3rd in multi-goal games (134) before age 35 behind only Wayne Gretzky (182) & Mario Lemieux (140). He also passes Marcel Dionne’s 665 career goals for the 3rd most within a player’s first 15 seasons behind Gretzky (803) + Lemieux (682)
  • Carlson’s point streak is one shy of the Capitals record for longest by a defenseman, set by Robert Picard from Dec. 17, 1978 – Jan. 9, 1979 (7-12—19 in 10 GP) and matched by Al Iafrate from Nov. 25 – Dec. 12, 1992 (8-14—22 in 10 GP).

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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