The Caps squared off against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday with Jason Chimera facing his hometown team. Former Caps player Matt Hendricks –Hendy-retuned to the Oilers tonight. It was good to see him again…right??? Before the game even started we had a near catastrophe when Justin Williams tumbled on top of goalie Braden Holtby during pre-game stretches. All was good though as Williams got up laughing.
Here are the highlights of the game, along with more great pictures.
The First Period
The Caps started the period with good zone time. After five minutes the teams were pretty evenly paced with no goals. Latta (3) and Ovi (4) each had a few good hits in the first period—with Lats even knocking into Hendy. Even John Carlson managed a good hit against Hendricks. At the 15:25 mark, Tom Wilson was sent to the penalty box for a holding call against Darnell. Successful penalty kill on the only penalty of the period. We would be scoreless at the end of the period.
The Second Period
Caps were on the power play after the Oilers were called for a hooking against Backstrom. Unfortunately, the Caps failed to take advantage of the opportunity. Caps got a second chance on the power play at the 6:45 mark but they failed again to score. A third chance wasn’t the charm either. Backstrom, the birthday boy, gave the Oilers a four-minute chance (a double minor) with a high stick that cut Oscar Klefbom. Holtby did what he does and held off the three Oilers’ shots. Sadly, the period ended 0 – 0.
The Third Period
With nothing on the board at the start of the third period continued pretty much like the first two periods with the Oilers outshooting the Caps. With Nail Yakupov grabbing Dmitry Orlov’s stick the Caps went on the power play at 5:21. With only one shot by our captain, the power play brought no goal for the team. As the Oilers continued to fire at Holtby, he continued his magic flips and saves. Finally at 13:37 in the third, the fourth line would provide the opportunity for defenseman Orlov to fire a slapshot over the glove of Nilsson to put the Caps on the board with assists by Tom Wilson and Brooks Laich.
Finally, something to celebrate!
Former Caps player Matt Hendricks was a thorn in the side of the Caps all night long. For the most part the Oilers outshot the Caps (33 to 30 ) but the defensemen were great holding them back. Although the game was relatively uneventful there was plenty of excitement when Orlov notched his second goal for the season in back-to-back games. Awesome saves by Holtby despite his near injury before the game and the first star of the game. Finally, two in a row!!!