Oilers can’t exact revenge against Ovechkin, Capitals.
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
We’ve all heard the old adage, but it’s never more appropriate than when talking about the game of hockey. I mean come on it’s played on ice! And for the Edmonton Oilers, they had revenge on their minds on Wednesday night, looking to avenge a 5-2 loss to these same Washington Capitals just 8 days before at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. But as the Oilers would come to find out yet again, a win against Washington just isn’t in their cards.
Captain Alexander Ovechkin, who’s torrid scoring streak dating back to last season (32 goals in 31 games) continued with 1:47 left in the period. Nicklas Backstrom’s faceoff win lead to Marcus Johansson getting the puck out to a waiting Great 8, who wristed a shot right over goalie Devan Dubnyk’s shoulder. Ovechkin’s streak hasn’t been seen since fellow Russian great Pavel Bure did it back between 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 season with the Florida Panthers.
Joel Ward found the score sheet in the second period at 15:35, tipping in a John Carlson shot from the point that hit both Jason Chimera and Ward in front of the net. For Ward, he notched his third of the season and for Edmonton native and former Oiler Chimera, the homecoming was only beginning.
Washington all but iced the game at the beginning of the third period when Backstrom decided shoot for himself, resulting in his second goal of the season. Backstrom took a pass from Marcus Johansson, who’s second assist of the night gave him 10 total on the young season. Then Chimera added insult for injury with a goal at the 13:23 mark snapping a Mikhail Grabovski pass right past Dubnyk for his second point of the night and a productive return to the place where it all began. Former Anaheim Ducks draft pick Justin Schultz scored the lone Oilers goal on the evening, his first of the season.
Washington returns to .500 hockey, raising their record to 5-5-0 and travel to Calgary to take on the Flames who are looking to do what their Alberta rivals couldn’t do; exact revenge.