Dylan Strome, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov Shine In Capitals’ 5-4 Win Over Oilers

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The Washington Capitals downed the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 5-4 Monday night at Capital One Arena. The win improved the Capitals’ record to 6-6-2 and 14 points on the season. Goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 24 saves in the victory.

Lines & Pairs

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Conor Sheary
Sonny Milano — Dylan Strome — Marcus Johansson
Anthony Mantha — Lars Eller — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Aliaksei Protas — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Lucas Johansen — Matt Irwin

Charlie Lindgren
Darcy Kuemper

Notes: After claiming him off the waiver wire on Saturday from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Aube-Kubel made his Capitals debut, slotting in at right wing on the third line. Orlov (lower-body) was deemed a game-time decision and would ultimately not play. Johansen drew into the lineup on the third defensive pairing.

Scratches: Center Connor McMichael and left-wing Joe Snively

Injuries: Right-wing Tom Wilson (ACL), center Nicklas Backstrom (hip), center Carl Hagelin (hip), right-wing Connor Brown (ACL), right-wing T.J. Oshie (lower-body), defenseman John Carlson (lower-body), right-wing Beck Malenstyn (finger), and Orlov

First Period

Strome (3) would open tonight’s scoring, giving the Capitals a late 1-0 lead.

Quick Stats

SOG: 11-9 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 59% (Capitals), 44% (Oilers)

Hits: 9-4 Oilers

Second Period

Strome (4) would pot his second of the night just 26 seconds into the middle frame during a power play to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead. Kuznetsov (8) and Gustafsson (4) assisted.

During four-on-four play, the Oilers would get one back to make it a 2-1 game with a goal by captain Connor McDavid at the 8:33 mark.

At the 12:25 mark, Kuznetsov (1) would extend the Capitals’ lead to 3-1 during a five-on-three opportunity for the home team. Strome (8) and Gustafsson (5) had the helpers.

Edmonton would quickly convert from a goal by center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1:45 after Kuznetsov’s tally to put the game within one.

Ovechkin (8) would give the Capitals a 4-2 lead on another man advantage at the 14:36 mark. Gustafsson (6) and Kuznetsov (9) had the assists.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 24-15 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 52% (Oilers), 48% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 17-11 Oilers

Third Period

Oilers center Leon Draisaitl would make it a 4-3 game 2:54 into the final frame.

It would be a 5-3 game on a late power play thanks to Kuznetsov’s second goal of the night. Ovechkin (5) had the lone assist.

Nugent-Hopkins would also get on the board again for Edmonton at the 18:54 mark to make it 5-4 still in favor of the Capitals.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 31-29 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 51% (Capitals), 49% (Oilers)

Total Hits: 21-15 Oilers

Notes Through the Game

  • Strome’s six power-play points (2g, 4a) are tied with Ovechkin for the most on the Capitals.
  • Tonight marks Strome’s seventh career multi-goal game and his fourth multi-point effort in 14 games this season, which is the most on the Capitals.
  • Gustafsson’s two assists tonight both came on the power play.
  • Ovechkin has scored a goal in three-straight games and has extended his point streak to six games (5g, 1a).
  • Ovechkin’s goal marks his first career goal against Stuart Skinner, the 163rd different goaltender Ovechkin has scored on in his career. Ovechkin has scored against a new goaltender in three consecutive games (also Nov. 3 at DET: Ville Husso & Nov. 5 vs. ARI: Karel Vejmelka). It marks the seventh instance in Ovechkin’s career in which he has scored against a new goaltender in three or more consecutive games and the first since Nov. 24-28, 2008 (Niklas Backstrom, Ondrej Pavelec & Jaroslav Halak).
  • Kuznetsov has recorded four points tonight (2g, 2a), marking his seventh career four-point game.

The Capitals continue their season-long homestand on Wednesday night hosting the rival Pittsburgh Penguins at Capital One Arena. TNT will have the coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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8 Responses to Dylan Strome, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov Shine In Capitals’ 5-4 Win Over Oilers

  1. novafyre says:

    One more different goalie and he ties Messier for third.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can we just win a game 5-0? One time?

    • novafyre says:

      I really had high hopes going into the Coyotes game. pits beat the dogs 6-2, boston beat them 6-3, montreal 6-2, Ottawa 6-2, dallas 7-2.

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