Capitals defeat Oilers as impressive home form continues

The Washington Capitals won their 13th straight home game, 2-1 against the Edmonton Oilers at Verizon Center on Friday in the NHL.

Tom Wilson scored at 12:22 of the first period to give Washington a 1-0 lead.

Leon Draisaitl tied it 1-1 35 seconds into the second period with his 23rd of the season.

Justin Williams put the Capitals back in front at 5:48 of the third period. He swiped in a puck from the right circle to beat goalie Cam Talbot on his far side.

That goal proved to be the decisive one as the Capitals were able to close out the encounter without conceding again.

Braden Holtby was quite superb in goal for the Washington outfit. He made 30 saves.

Capitals defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik did not play, each scratched with a lower-body injury. Forward T.J. Oshie also missed the game with an upper-body strain.

After the win, Capitals coach, Barry Trotz, said that being able to deliver the goods without some key team members was a huge positive for the group.

“I think it sends a good message to everybody that we can handle a little adversity and we can handle guys stepping up into bigger roles and doing more of that,” Trotz said.

“From our standpoint, it’s a little bit of an obstacle, but it’s also a little bit of a character-builder for us, and it’s forcing us to play at a higher level with some people out.”

Other results from the NHL can be seen below.

Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 Ottawa Senators
Florida Panthers 2-4 Calgary Flames
Dallas Stars 5-2 Arizona Coyotes