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Oilers 2 Capitals 4

The Washington Capitals managed to get back in the win column thanks to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers.  Prior to tonight, the Capitals had lost three straight and had looked pretty mundane in the process.  It also marked the first regulation win for the Capitals this season.  On to the reCap:

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Caps Bid for 82-0 Ends; Lose 2-1

The Capitals were handed their first loss of the seasons Thursday night by the Edmonton Oilers.  Despite showing near-complete domination in the 3rd period, the Caps were unable to overcome a slew of penalties that saw them shorthanded on 8 occasions.  Nikolai Khabibulin didn’t make things any easier for the Caps, making 34 saves on 35 shots and was spectacular when needed.

To say the Caps took a lot of penalties is a bit of an understatement.  By the end of the game, the Caps had taken 9 minor penalties, 6 of which were stick infractions.  They handed the Oilers 5 power plays in the 2nd period alone.  The final count for both teams ended up as 9 penalties for the Caps and 6 for the Oilers.  What is a bit upsetting to Caps’ fans is the fact that the Caps were whistled for all 9 penalties in the first 2 periods while the Oilers were only whistled for 3.  Prior to Thursday night, the Caps were the least penalized time in the league.  Only the game against Pittsburgh saw the Caps take more penalties than their opposition.  In my game write-up for the Pittsburgh game, I credited the discrepancy to the fact that the Caps didn’t work hard enough to deserve power plays, while the Penguins did.

The Edmonton game was a whole different beast.

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