Capitals Vs. Oilers: Washington's Seven-Game Winning Streak Ends In 2-1 Loss To Edmonton

The Capitals' seven-game winning streak to open the season ended Thursday in a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

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Capitals Vs. Oilers: Washington's Seven-Game Winning Streak Ends In 2-1 Loss To Edmonton

The Washington Capitals seven-game winning streak to start the season came to an end Thursday in a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Karl Alzner gave Washington an early 1-0 lead in the first period, but Taylor Hall's power play goal late in the period tied the game at 1-1. In the second period, the Caps committed five minor penalties, one of which led to Jordan Eberle's game-winning goal off a Corey Potter rebound. The Oilers finished 2-of-8 on the power play.

After a less-than-stellar second period, the Caps came out firing in the third. The Oilers committed all three penalties in the final frame, including Andy Sutton's roughing call with 1:06 left that gave the Caps a 6-on-4 with Tomas Vokoun (17 saves) pulled. Despite a two-man advantage, Washington failed to muster any quality scoring chances and as the clock ran out, so did the Caps' winning streak.

The Caps return to action Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

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Capitals Vs. Oilers: Caps Commit Five Penalties, Give Up Only One Goal, Trail Oilers 2-1

The Washington Capitals were incredibly undisciplined in the second period as they committed five minor penalties. Luckily for the Caps, the Oilers only struck once as Edmonton leads Washington 2-1 after two periods.

With Troy Brouwer in the penalty box for hooking, Jordan Eberle gave the Oilers the lead at 12:44. Tomas Vokoun made the initial save on Corey Potter's slap shot, but the rebound came right to Eberle, who had a wide open net to score his second goal of the season.

The Oilers are 2-of-8 on the power play, making it just the second time this season that the Caps have allowed more than one power play goal in a game. It's also the most power play opportunities that Washington has allowed since November 20, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers (nine).

Shots were 8-7 in favor of Edmonton in the second period, but are 16-13 in favor of Washington for the game.

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Capitals Vs. Oilers: Karl Alzner, Taylor Hall Score, Game Tied At 1-1 Through 20 Minutes

Without Mike Green in the lineup, the Washington Capitals entered Thursday's game with the Edmonton Oilers needing extra production from their blueline. Karl Alzner was happy to oblige.

Alzner's first goal of the season put the Caps up early, but Taylor Hall's power play goal late in the first period has the game tied at 1-1 after 20 minutes.

Alzner became the 14th different Cap to score this season at 5:36. After sustained pressure in the offensive zone, Jason Chimera picked up the rebound of Sean Collins' shot and sent a cross-ice pass to the point. Alzner found himself wide open and his slap shot beat Nikolai Khabibulin high glove side. Alzner's first goal of the season broke a personal 55-game scoreless drought.

Hall tied the game at 18:15 while Edmonton enjoyed a 4-on-3 power play thanks to a slew of Washington penalties. Corey Potter's slap pass to Jordan Eberle started a tic-tac-toe passing sequence that ended with Hall alone in the crease with a wide open net. Hall beat a sprawling Tomas Vokoun for his third goal of the season.

Shots are 9-5 in favor of Washington.

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Capitals Vs. Oilers Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The NHL's lone undefeated team returns to the ice Thursday night as the Washington Capitals take on the Edmonton Oilers in search of their eighth consecutive win to start the 2011-2012 season. The Capitals have a goal differential of +16. They have also played five of their first seven games at Verizon Center in D.C. Thursday night's game in Edmonton marks just the third time they'll have played on the road.

Here's your game time and TV schedule for the game, just the first for Washington in five days. The Capitals last played on Saturday night when they easily dismantled the Detroit Red Wings, 7-1.

Washington Capitals (7-0-0) @ Edmonton Oilers (4-2-2)

Game Time: 9:30 pm EST

TV Schedule: CSN Washington ; TSN

SB Nation DC Coverage: Preview ; Injury Notes

 

Head on over to Japers' Rink for all things Capitals before, during and after the game.

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Capitals Vs. Oilers: Mike Green Likely Out Against Oilers, Sean Collins In

Via Mike Vogel, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will likely miss Thursday's game against the Edmonton Oilers as he continues to recover from a twisted right ankle.

Green missed Thursday's morning skate, according to The Washington Post's Katie Carrera. It is the fourth consecutive day of practice that Green has missed; he hasn't skated since Saturday's 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, a game where he scored two goals and finished with four points.

Green hurt his ankle after taking a puck to the face during the first period Saturday. While the puck only left Green with stitches, he twisted his ankle as he fell to the ice as a result of the errant puck.

Recent call-up Sean Collins will replace Green in the lineup Thursday. Coincidentally, the last time Collins played for the Caps in May, he also replaced an injured Green.

For more on Thursday's game, follow this StoryStream. For more on the Capitals, check out SB Nation's Caps blog, Japers' Rink.

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Capitals Vs. Oilers: After Four Days Off, Caps Look For Eighth Straight Win Against Oilers

The Washington Capitals have opened the season with a franchise-best 7-0-0 record, but only two of those games were on the road. Thursday, after four days off, Washington will look for its third road win of the season and eighth overall against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Caps haven't played since Saturday, when they trounced the Detroit Red Wings in a 7-1 victory. Mike Green, who had four points (two goals, two assists) in that game, hasn't practiced since then, either. Green has missed practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with a twisted right ankle. Head coach Bruce Boudreau said Green's status "doesn't look good for tomorrow." Sean Collins will start in Green's absence.

Tomas Vokoun will start his seventh consecutive game for the Caps. He is 6-0-0 with a 1.80 GAA and .944 SV% this season.

Thursday will be Washington's first game at Rexall Place since December 2009; Alex Ovechkin scored twice to lead the Caps to a 4-2 victory. The Oilers are 4-2-2 after Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Caps' opponent Saturday, the Vancouver Canucks. Rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers with five goals and eight points.

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Capitals Vs. Oilers: Mike Green Will Make Trip, Michal Neuvirth Could Start Thursday

Mike Green will travel with the Caps on their two-game road trip to Western Canada, which begins Thursday in Edmonton. Michal Neuvirth will also travel with the team and could start Thursday.

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