Photo: Derek Leung
The Washington Capitals got their road trip off to a rocky yet successful start in Winnipeg on Tuesday. The hope was that the Caps could feed at the trough of Canada’s weaker teams to kick off their jaunt and maybe get back to .500. No better team to feed on than the Edmonton Oilers.
Alex Ovechkin wrapped up a sleepy first period with his 10th goal in 10 games: a quick wrister off the faceoff. Joel Ward crashed the net in the second to tip in John Carlson’s shot from the blue line. Nick Backstrom finished a great series from Ovechkin and Johansson early in the third to make it 3-0. Native son Jason Chimera wowed his family and friends with a gorgeous skill goal in the final 10 minutes.
Justin Schultz got a garbage goal in garbage time to bust up the shutout.
Caps beat Oilers 4-1!
Something about Alberta, Canada, just agrees with the Capitals. They didn’t even need the power play to win this one. The Sunday stat snapshot is gonna look real nice.
The Caps are back to even on the season, and they’ve still got a ton of potential to improve. On the other hand, Washington’s schedule is gonna get a lot harder next month.
Chris Gordon will have you covered on Saturday night’s late game against the Flames. I’ll be at a wedding in Canes Country. I’m gonna wear a vest to honor my main man Adam Oates.
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