Oilers make it two straight with win over Ovechkin and the Capitals
By Rob Soria
On the strength of another solid showing from netminder Ben Scrivens and second period goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and defenceman Nikita Nikitin, the Edmonton Oilers managed to win their second game in three nights, edging Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-2. While we may only be talking about two wins, that still qualifies as a streak and considering how poorly this season started for Dallas Eakins' side,,,it could not have come at a more opportune moment.
Edmonton - October 23, 2014 - The Edmonton Oilers did what they had to do to get past Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning to earn their first win of the season on Monday evening over at Rexall Place.
Clearly earning those two points took the pressure off this group and helped them relax enough to make it back-to-back wins two nights later, sneaking past Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-2.
Nikita Nikitin made his first goal as an Oiler count, scoring the eventual winner during a second period man advantage, while Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found the back of the net for the second consecutive game to help secure the win.
After kicking off the year with a trio of awful starts, Ben Scrivens continued to show signs of relocating his game with his third quality start in a row, stopping thirty-two of the thirty-four pucks that were fired his way. In his last two starts, Scrivens has managed to outduel both Ben Bishop and Braden Holtby and his teammates have rewarded him with some goals after being blanked 2-0 by Ryan Miller and the Vancouver Canucks back on October 17th.
With that said, here is round number two of our latest addition to Hometown Hockey in which fans are given the opportunity to not only rate the performance of each and every player who was wearing Orange and Blue during last night’s victory but also the chance to have their say in the comments section below. You can voice your opinions, good or bad, when it comes to both the players on the ice and the man standing behind the Oilers bench.
It’s your call…give them a thumbs up or a thumbs down.
Rob Soria is the Edmonton Oilers' correspondent for OurHometown.ca. Rob was born and raised in Edmonton and is the author of the Edmonton Oilers blog - OilDrop.ca. He has been a dedicated follower of the game and its history for years but his focus remains on his hometown Edmonton Oilers. If you have questions or wish to contact Rob, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org