Instant analysis: Caps 4, Oilers 2

Instant analysis: Caps 4, Oilers 2
October 14, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Joel Ward puts the Caps up in the 2nd

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) skates with the puck in front of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Anton Belov (77) in the first periodat Verizon Center.

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How it happened: Joel Ward, Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored goals 3:55 apart in the second period to break open a tie game and send the Caps to their second win of the season after three straight losses.

1st period scoring: The Oilers controlled play early and struck first at the 9:48 mark when former Cap Boyd Gordon snapped a pass from Justin Schultz past Braden Holtby. The Caps responded at 13:41 with Brooks Laich’s first goal of the season, a wrister that beat Jason LaBarbera inside the left post.

2nd period scoring: Joel Ward gave the Caps a 2-1 lead with an Ovi-esque goal, setting up in the left circle and snapping a seeing-eye pass from Nicklas Backstrom past LaBarbera. Alex Ovechkin followed by hammering a shot from the high slot through a screen. Troy Brouwer got into the act next, firing a power-play pass from Mikhail Grabovski off an Oilers defenseman and past LaBarbera for his first of the season.    

3rd period scoring: Will Acton drew the Oilers to within 4-2 in the final minute of the third period.

Save of the night: With the score tied at 1 midway though the period, Braden Holtby kicked Jesse Joensuu rebound a 11:55 left. Perron rebound.

Hit of the night: The Oilers were not happy with Jason Chimera’s hit on defenseman Justin Schultz late in the first period after Chimera was clipped in the face in front of the net. Chimera got a 2-minute minor for boarding. Schultz came back in the second period.

Miss of the night: It was more self-inflicted, but Caps defenseman Mike Green did a head-first flip into the Capitals bench when he missed a check on Oilers left wing Jesse Joensuu midway through the first period.

What’s next: The Capitals are scheduled to practice Tuesday at Kettler at 11 a.m. They return to game action against their new Metropolitan Division rivals, the New York Rangers, Wednesday night at Verizon  Center.

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