EDMONTON, Alberta — Nic Dowd scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Monday night to snap a two-game skid.
Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Capitals, who are 2-5-3 in their last 10 road games. Charlie Lindgren made 28 saves.
Brett Kulak and Connor McDavid had goals for the Oilers, who have lost two of their last three. Stuart Skinner stopped 47 shots.
Dowd gave Washington its first lead of the game 7:13 into the third as he got a drop pass from Aliaksei Protas and fired it past Skinner for his fourth of the season.
Washington had a 22-12 advantage of shots in the first period but couldn’t get anything past Skinner. The Oilers‘ goalie was rock solid, particularly during a Capitals power play where he made seven saves in one sequence, including a pair of one-timers by Alex Ovechkin and an opportunity in tight for Oshie.
The Oilers opened the scoring 1:44 into the second as Kulak fired a shot from the point with traffic in front for his first of the season.
Washington tied it just under six minutes later. Leon Draisaitl had a turnover in his own zone, giving Eller a clear path to the net and he beat Skinner following a deke for his fourth.
Edmonton regained the advantage with 4:35 to play in the middle period when McDavid picked off John Carlson’s pass and blazed up ice on a breakaway before beating Lindgren through his legs for a short-handed goal. His 22nd goal of the year pushed his goal streak to five games.
The Capitals got the goal back on the same power play, however, on a perfect three-way passing effort that was finished off when Oshie fired a feed from Dylan Strome into the net. The shot totals were 41-19 for Washington after 40 minutes.
The Capitals were missing Nicklas Backstrom (hip surgery), Connor Brown (torn ACL), Carl Hagelin (hip surgery), Tom Wilson (torn ACL), Beck Malenstyn (upper body), Dmitry Orlov (lower body), Darcy Kuemper (upper body) and Martin Fehervary (upper body). Hunter Shepard was called up from Hershey of the AHL to serve as the backup goalie with Kuemper getting injured in the last game against Calgary.
The Oilers were without Evander Kane (wrist surgery), Warren Foegele (undisclosed), Ryan McLeod (undisclosed) and Zach Hyman, who took a stick to the head in Saturday’s contest against Montreal. The Oilers did get some good news, with Kailer Yamamoto able to return after missing 11 games with an undisclosed injury.
Capitals: At Philadelphia on Wednesday night in finale of a six-game trip.
Oilers: Host Arizona on Wednesday night in the third of a four-game homestand.
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