As a Washington Capitals fan, I’m accustomed to attending the annual Capitals vs Oilers game every October when the Capitals make their Western Canada road trip. This year, it didn’t go so well for me as a fan. After a strong performance against the Canucks, Washington would come into Edmonton still trying to find out what they have this season for a team.
Capitals vs Oilers. October 25th.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend this game, for the eight-straight year. As a fan of an out of town team, I appreciate the NHL schedule allowing us to see our favorite team at least once a year. High hopes coming off the Stanley Cup, I wasn’t going to get ribbed for cheering for a team without a championship, the Oilers fans would have to find new material. Unfortunately, we gave them that material this year as Washington came into the game and stuck up the joint.
Positives of the game included Andre Burakovsky finding his stride after going pointless through eight games with a -7 +/-, other than that it was a terrible game for the road time as they took three separate delays of game penalties. One for putting the puck over the glass, one for a faceoff violation and one for “delaying” the game on multiple icings. Personally, I found the refs to be terrible in this game. No calls from the Ovechkin and Kuzy breakaways made the Capitals irritated with the refs and they paid for it by getting no leniency.
Special teams killed us in this game as the Oilers went 1-4 on the PP and scored a short-handed goal off a terrible giveaway from John Carlson. It’s by far the most frustrated I’ve ever been with watching the Capitals live as they seemed disinterested and undisciplined despite putting 32 shots on Cam Talbot.
Holtby made some very good saves and was honestly the difference maker in the game being 4-1 and 8-1.
The Capitals leave Edmonton with their tail between their legs and hopefully a better performance to come in Calgary on Saturday afternoon.
Capitals vs Flames. October 27th.
Pheonix Copley would draw the start on Saturday in Calgary, hoping to get his first career NHL win, he’d have to earn it in this one, this would be Copley’s third career start.
A much better road start from the Capitals in this game as tallies from Jakub Vrana and TJ Oshie would put the road team up 2-0 with just over five minutes left in the first period.
Calgary would draw even in the second period with goals from Hamonic and Lindholm, Niskanen would stop the momentum and put the Capitals up 3-2 with less than three minutes to play in the second.
The Capitals would hold onto the lead for the majority of the third period as they looked to grind out a road win to end the road trip, however, Calgary with the goalie pulled would tie the game and less than 15 seconds after that Kuznetsov would chip the puck over the glass and all of a sudden, the Capitals were on their heels. Luckily Copley stood tall for the remainder of regulation and during the 4 on 3 portion of overtime when Calgary had the man advantage.
We’d go off to the skills in this game where Copley would turn away three of the four Calgary shooters before Nicklas Backstrom would ice it off and send the Capitals home on a positive note while giving Copley his first NHL win as well.
After it’s all said and done the Capitals would end the Western Canadian road trip (three games) with four points and really can’t complain, although as a Capitals fan living in Edmonton I would have loved to see them play a little bit better in Edmonton. Oh well, there’s always next year!