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Edmonton had a glorious chance to tie the game midway through the second period as a hard rebound came out to Jordan Eberle in front, but he shot wide of the empty net as Holtby tried to get back into position.

Washington went up 2-0 with 4:25 left in the second period. Ward stood in the paint in front of the Oilers net to screen Dubnyk and directed in John Carlson’s point shot.

Edmonton outshot the Capitals 22-18 through 40 minutes.

Washington extended its lead to three goals 1:24 into the third on a nice tic-tac-toe passing play. Marcus Johansson sent a pass through the crease to Backstrom, who scored his second of the season and earned his 11th point.

The Capitals made it 4-0 with 6:37 remaining as a turnover allowed a 2-on-1 break. Chimera, who was originally credited with Ward’s earlier goal, picked the corner on a snap shot.

The Oilers broke Holtby’s shutout bid with 2:04 remaining as David Perron’s pass gave Justin Schultz a clear lane for a backhanded goal.

“We did some good things. We were a little bit shaky in the first,” Oates said. “But as the game went along, we did a better job playing the way we’re supposed to play.”