NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Washington
(Tuesday, January 13th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson stopped 34-of-36 shots and Erik Cole had a hat trick to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Washington Capitals, 5-2, at the Verizon Center.
The Oilers, who hit the road for the first time in 2009, beat a Capitals team that just had a nine-game home-ice winning streak snapped on Friday night. The Oilers improved to 4-2 in their last six games.
Gilbert Brule and Steve MacIntyre lit the lamp for the Oilers, while Brule had an assist and Kyle Brodziak added two helpers in the contest.
Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Green scored for Washington. The Capitals, who lead the Southeast Division, are now on a three-game losing streak, which is only the second time that Washington has lost three consecutive games in regulation under Bruce Boudreau's 105-game reign as the team's head coach.
Despite outshooting the Oilers 19-9 in the first period, it was Edmonton that dominated the frame on the scoreboard. The Oilers got the scoring started with 7:01 left in the period, when MacIntyre notched his first career goal on a shot from the point. Less than two minutes later, Cole cashed in on a rebound attempt, off a shot from Sheldon Souray, to put Edmonton ahead 2-0.
A turnover by the Capitals outside their own blue line led to an Oilers goal, just 2:15 into the second period. Brule scored on the centering pass from Brodziak.
The Capitals finally got on the scoreboard when Fleischmann weaved his way through defenders and netted a beautiful shot with 12:20 remaining in the period, to cut the gap to 3-1.
In the third period, Cole added a goal with 16:41 left to give the Oilers some breathing room.
Green put home a power-play goal with 3:09 remaining to cut the margin to 4-2. However, Cole tallied his third score of the game on an empty-net score to seal the victory for the Oilers.
Edmonton won its first game in Washington since winning on Jan. 26, 1997...The Oilers will continue their three-game road trip, with a matchup against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. The Capitals will play at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
01/13 23:06:18 ET