Kuznetsov scores twice, Capitals come back to top Oilers 5-2 (Oct 28, 2017)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals, Alex Ovechkin added three assists and the Washington Capitals snapped a two-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Devante Smith-Pelly, Lars Eller and Jay Beagle also scored for the Capitals, who had lost four of five. Braden Holtby made 38 saves.

Patrick Maroon and Adam Larsson had the goals for the Oilers, who have lost three of four.

The Oilers took the lead 12 minutes into the first period when Maroon followed up on Connor McDavid’s shot for his fourth goal of the season.

Edmonton made it 2-0 with two minutes left in the period as some sustained pressure led to Larsson getting some open ice and sending a shot into the top corner past Holtby.

The Capitals got one back with 18 seconds left in the first when an Edmonton breakdown led to an odd-man rush. Smith-Pelly finished the play by firing the puck past goalie Cam Talbot, who stopped 26 shots.

Midway through the second period, with a delayed penalty coming to Edmonton, Washington tied it on a bullet of a one-timer from Eller.

The Capitals took a 3-2 lead 30 seconds into the third as Ovechkin picked up his third assist of the game by feathering a pass toward the net that was deftly tipped in by Kuznetsov.

Washington got some insurance with four minutes left when Kuznetsov put on a one-man show, fighting off a defender and then hooking back to tuck the puck past Talbot at the side of the net for his second of the game.

Beagle sealed it with an empty-netter.

NOTES: It was the first of two meetings between the teams this season. … Oilers forward Jussi Jokinen played his 900th regular-season game. … Anthony Peluso played his first game this season for Washington after being recalled from Hershey of the AHL on Friday.


Capitals: Back at it Sunday in Calgary.

Oilers: Off until Wednesday, when they host the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

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