Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov needed no deception to score his second goal in as many games, rifling a slap shot past Oilers netminder Anders Nilsson and under the crossbar with 6:32 remaining in the third period to give the Caps the win. Unlike their first meeting, when the two teams combined for 11 goals in a 7-4 Caps win in Edmonton, the Oilers clogged up the neutral zone and beat the Capitals to loose pucks in a scoreless first two periods. The Oilers outshot the Caps 23-15 in the first 40 minutes and 33-30 overall.
Holt-beast: Caps goaltender Braden Holtby was perfect en route to his first shutout of the season and 21st of his career. Before the game, Holtby received a scare when teammate Justin Williams toppled onto him in the middle of a split stretch during warmups. Holtby made four big stops on a second-period penalty kill, then flashed his glove to stone Eric Gryba on a 2-on-1 with 11:46 remaining.
What it means: The Caps improved to 14-5-1 and 29 points, but the Rangers were leading the Predators 3-0 and appeared to be on their way to preserving their five-point lead on the second-place Caps in the Metro Division.
Killer red: The Capitals’ penalty kill entered the game ranked seventh in the NHL and it was stellar against the Oilers, especially in the second period when a 4-minute high-sticking penalty on Nicklas Backstrom put the Caps shorthanded for 3:43. Holtby stopped four shots, including big saves on Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall. Tom Wilson also made a big block and a nice clear. The Caps have now killed off nine of their last 10 shorthanded situations over the past five games.
Power outage: The Caps went 0-for-3 on the power play, leaving Alex Ovechkin stuck on just one power play goal this season.
Oiler history: Edmonton native Jason Chimera was drafted by the Oilers in the fifth round (121st overall) in 1997. He played in parts of four seasons with the Oilers but did not play alongside Todd Reirden, who played for Edmonton in the 1998-99 season.
What’s ahead: The Caps have scheduled an 11:30 a.m. practice for Tuesday at Kettler. They’ll face the Winnipeg Jets for the first time this season on Wednesday night at Verizon Center.