It wasn’t pretty—at all—but the Capitals earned two points Sunday night at Capital One Arena, where the home team skated away with a 2-1 victory thanks to T.J. Oshie’s shootout goal, the lone tally in the skills competition.
The Caps have now won two in a row and five of their last six contests as they head onto the road for a two-game trip that’ll make stops in Nashville and Colorado.
Tarik’s three stars of the night
1-Braden Holtby, Capitals
Holtby’s work came infrequently against the Oilers—which can be a nightmare for a goalie. Busy. Nothing. Busy. Nothing. But in those moments when Holtby (29 saves) was busy, he was also really good. Late in the second period, Holtby made four consecutive right pad stops on Patrick Maroon, just moments after turning back Connor McDavid on a wraparound attempt. Maroon smashed his stick in frustration. Holtby, meanwhile, got a well-deserved standing ovation.
2-Dmitry Orlov, Capitals
Orlov’s first goal of the season—5:14 into the third period—knotted the score 1-1. The D-man fed the puck to Tom Wilson, who made a no-look return pass to Orlov in the slot. Orlov wasted little time sniping the puck over seldom-used Oilers backup Laurent Brossoit. Madison Bowey earned the secondary assist on the play, giving the Caps’ blue line 19 points in the last nine games.
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3-John Carlson, Capitals
The Washington defenseman logged his third highest ice-time total of the season (29:17) and was a key factor in helping the Caps keep McDavid (three shots, no points) off the board. Brooks Orpik and Evgeny Kuznetsov's line also spent a ton of time matched up against the reigning NHL MVP. Carlson, though, saw the most. Overall, Carlson has led the Caps in time on ice 15 times in 17 games this season. He came into the contest leading the league in TOI per game at 27:13.