The Washington Capitals exploded with seven goals against the Edmonton Oilers for their fifth win in a row. The Oilers were no slouch either. They had four goals, but it wasn't enough tonight. Most nights in the NHL will result in a win if a team scores four goals, but not this time.
Evgeny Kuznetsov opened up the scoring three minutes into the first period. This was his first goal of the season and the start of his hat trick. The first period resulted in the teams trading off goals with each other.
Benoit Pouliot scored the second goal of the game and made it a tie game for the Oilers. It didn't take long for the Capitals to answer. One minute later, Nicklas Backstrom scored a powerplay goal to reclaim the lead for the Capitals. Only three minutes later, Rob Klinkhammer scored for the Oilers, tying up the game again.
Marcus Johansson scored his second goal of the season with only 21 seconds left in the first to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead heading into the first intermission. It only took budding superstar, Connor McDavid, 36 seconds into the second period to tie the game again for the Oilers. This would be the last time the Oilers tied it up.
Kuznetsov scored his second of the night six minutes into the second period, taking back the lead for the Caps, which would not be surrendered for the rest of the night. Both Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams would add goals in the second period, giving the Caps a 6-3 lead.
Oilers' goalie Anders Nilsson started the game, but was pulled after allowing six goals and replaced by Cam Talbot. Coach Todd McLellan had hoped he could give starter Talbot the night off, but very rarely will a goalie stay in after allowing six goals. The sixth goal involved Nilsson dropping his stick and reaching down to grab the stick while the Capitals were still attacking. Obviously, this didn't have a good result for Nilsson and the Oilers, so McLellan yanked Nilsson.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a goal for the Oilers towards the end of the second period, but it didn't do much for the Oilers. The Capitals ultimately skated to a 7-4 victory after Kuznetsov completed his hat trick at the end of the game.
This was a scorers' night and was an entertaining game for fans everywhere. It featured current superstar Alex Ovechkin, who had two assists and four shots on goal, and future superstar Connor McDavid who had two points of his own. Kuznetsov can also be thrown into the future superstar conversation, especially ending the night with his hat trick. The future of hockey is bright with players like McDavid and Kuznetsov populating the NHL.