EDMONTON, Alberta | There was plenty of open ice. Too much for the Capitals against an Oilers power play featuring the elite young line of Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall.
The Caps were trying to kill off a four-on-three Edmonton advantage created by calls on Ryan Smyth, then John Carlson, then Roman Hamrlik.
But if there’s anything the Oilers’ “kids” know how to do, it’s pass, shoot, score. It’s like the Mighty Ducks movie, except with NHL players.
Hall beat Karl Alzner to the puck in the corner, working it back out to the point to defenseman Corey Potter. From there, it was tic-tac-toe: A feed to Eberle and then quickly to Hall on the weak side. Tomas Vokoun had no chance, given the speed and accuracy of the pass.
Vokoun explained that his responsibility was first and foremost to Eberle, who could just have easily fired at the net instead of finding Hall.
“You’ve got to be honest in your play. My guy’s the one with the puck, and if the puck goes across, you do the best you can to come across and make the stop,” he said. “But I’ve got to make sure I make the stop if Eberle shoots it.”
But the Oilers’ movement was too good, especially with the Caps having only three penalty-killers – Alzner, Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble.
“[Eberle] one-times the pass and [Hall], he’s lefty so it was a one-timer for him too. It’s a good play,” Vokoun conceded. “Our defensemen were right there and it just snuck through him. Five-on-three, there’s going to be chances, and even though they’re young, they’re good players, so they’re going to make plays.”
Here’s video of the goal: