June 12, 2021

Caps Quick Takes: Game 10 vs. Oilers

The Washington Capitals evened their season record, recovering from a bit of a shaky start to overcome an injured and overmatched Edmonton Oilers squad, 4-1. The Caps’ top and third lines both accounted for two goals and Braden Holtby recorded 30 saves to lead the Caps to their third straight win, and second on their five-game road trip. The Caps now head to Calgary for a roundup at the Stampede Saturday night.

1) Braden Holtby was tested early and often in the first period and was up to the task. It took the Caps a little bit to find their legs, especially on defense against the Oilers fast-skating forwards, and it was up to Holtby to keep the Caps in this one early until the Caps got warmed up. 30 saves, and a couple of lucky posts, and the Caps get out of Edmonton with two more big points.

2) Even strength goals! They’ve come at a premium for the Caps thus far, but four even strength markers look good on the scoresheet tonight.

3) Marcus Johansson has taken a lot of grief in this space, but he had a great game with two assists and was really involved in the play. His play on Ovechkin’s goal was a designed play on the faceoff win, but he put it on an absolute tee for Ovi to bang home. On Backstrom’s goal, his pass was on the tape to Backstrom, who had position in the slot. Don’t look now, but with two assists tonight Johansson is now tied for second in the entire league, with Backstrom and three others, in assists with 10 this season.

4) Jason Chimera had a night in front of about 50 family and friends. He was in the scrum on Ward’s goal, then got his own when Grabbo sprung him with a pick-pocket at the defensive blue line, then terrific saucer pass to give Chimera space to get the big shot off. The third line has been doing big work all season and it paid off in this one with two goals.

5) It wasn’t all wine and roses though. Mike Green probably had one of the worst games of his career, and prompts one to wonder now with two poor showings in a row if he has something physical wrong with him. On several occasions, a fleet Oilers winger skated right around Green for an open shot, and Green looked sluggish and out-of-place on offense. It’s not a surprise that the power play isn’t clicking very well right now (0-for-3) with Green struggling again.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP


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