Thursday morning, there have been hugs throughout for winger Alex Chiasson as he obtained his Stanley Cup ring within the Washington Capitals bath-house and made a heartfelt speech saying how grateful he was, then a dozen hours later the Oilers’ ahead caught the knife in his outdated crew.
Chiasson whipped a 40-footer previous Braden Holtby within the third, utilizing Dmitry Orlov as a display and within the first interval he blocked Holtby’s view simply exterior the blue-paint as Evan Bouchard obtained his first NHL purpose on an Oiler powerplay.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shorthanded) and Connor McDavid (empty-net) had the opposite ones for the Oilers within the 4-1 win. Nugent-Hopkins, who slid the cross to McDavid, beat Holtby short-handed because the Oilers positively received the particular groups battle with one among every whereas the Caps, who’ve the league’s greatest powerplay obtained zip on their solely PP.
Andre Burakovsky had the one Caps’ purpose on a really strong Cam Talbot.
So the Oilers go 2-1-1 towards Boston, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Washington on their homestand and are a really tidy 4-3-1 in October, enjoying just one crew (New York Rangers) that’s below .500 within the first eight video games. They’re 4-1-1 after dropping their first two video games to New Jersey in Sweden and the Bruins in Boston.
Chiasson had an emotional day, along with his Cup bauble, seeing his outdated buddies within the different room and on the ice, enjoying with a bunch of stitches in a sliced ear, then scoring and serving to on one other purpose.
“I don’t suppose I’ve had a day with ups and downs like that,” mentioned Chiasson, who scored his first two Oiler targets Tuesday towards Pittsburgh, took a puck within the ear, obtained a rousing whats up from his Caps’ buddies earlier than the morning skate, then had one other whale of a sport for his new membership.
“Tremendous-emotional for me to return into that locker room and have Ovi (Alex Ovechkin) hand me the ring and be across the guys. It was type of bizarre, truly. I felt I used to be type of a part of that crew once more for a second,” he mentioned.
“Going again dwelling was awkward, attempting to maneuver away from what occurred this morning and what occurred prior to now and concentrate on this sport. Couldn’t have been an even bigger final result.”
He saved saying he had scored 90 p.c of his NHL targets from across the blue-paint, bullying his strategy to the web or photographs or suggestions or rebounds however he scored a dandy towards the Penguins whereas falling 25-feet in entrance of Matt Murray and this time he buried one on Holtby from farther out than that to make it 3-1 within the third.
“Form of an odd one. Screened…I realized final yr that it’s a must to maintain working and whereas I might not be the quickest man, I consider in my shot and I’ve to seek out the proper place on the proper time. Good to get one towards my outdated crew.”
About that celly?
Bouchard is fairly laid again at the perfect of instances however c’mon, first NHL purpose — youngest Oiler D (19 years and 5 days; sure, youthful than Paul Coffey) to ever accomplish that — and there was no leaping up and down, no charging over to leap into the plexi like Georges Laraque after his one and solely NHL hattie. Bouchard acted like he’ll get 300 extra so what’s the massive deal, as nonchalant as Mike Reilly on a QB sneak for a TD, his shot reminded you of what Ray Bourque at all times used to say: simply discover a strategy to get it on the web, doesn’t matter how exhausting it’s, and one thing good may occur.
However about that celebration? “You imply, the non-celebration?” laughed Nugent-Hopkins.
“The fellows on the bench had been questioning if he had a heart-beat when it went in,” laughed Oilers coach Todd McLellan.
Chiasson shoved his bottom into his former teammate Holtby’s line of imaginative and prescient on Bouchard’s purpose.
That’s precisely the best way you display a goalie. Plenty of NHLers stand off to one-side when a D-man is taking pictures and goalies don’t have to go searching a giant physique.
“Object is to take the goalie’s eyes away,” mentioned former NHLer and CHED broadcaster Rob Brown. “There’s not the identical ache from standing in entrance of the web as their was once when Derian Hatcher and Scott Stevens had been on you they usually weren’t getting a penalty until there was blood.”
Nugent-Hopkins’s shortie was a magnificence, gobbling up the puck within the impartial zone, catching Nick Backstrom who seemed like he was attempting to roller-skate on a waterbed, not realizing which strategy to flip, after which he ripped a 40-footer previous Holtby for his third-career purpose killing a penalty.
“I’ve type of being within the scenario he (Backstrom) was in earlier than. There’s not a lot you are able to do there (as a defender),” mentioned Nugent-Hopkins.
The rating erased a really delicate penalty name on Milan Lucic, who will get extra penalties due to who he’s than simply about anyone along with his measurement. He obtained a cross-checking name from Ian Walsh on Brooks Orpik who was stumbling on the play on the finish boards.
You’ll be able to’t educate good
Kailer Yamamoto solely weighs 156 kilos however he’s obtained numerous gray matter for a way the sport needs to be performed.
He will get pucks in deep, he back-checks correctly and on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s breakaway late within the second interval, he hustled again, obtained his stick in there, disrupted the prospect and didn’t take a penalty.
Very intelligent play by a rookie who will get it.
Two video games with face-off infractions
You nearly by no means see this however late within the Penguins-Oilers sport Carl Hagelin obtained one for attempting to anticipate a puck drop early when he stepped in for Evgeni Malkin who had been thrown out.
On this sport, Dmitrij Jaskin obtained referred to as for shifting early on the identical scenario towards Kyle Brodziak after their authentic face-off man Nic Dowd was tossed out.
You may see Alex Ovechkin pleading the Caps’ case, additionally saying one thing that seemed like “drop the puck, will ya?” The Oilers didn’t rating, although. Similar to towards Pittsburgh.
Then late within the third, with the Oilers up 3-1, Leon Draisaitl was waved out and Chiasson stepped in however coolly he by no means even moved his stick on the draw within the offensive zone, letting the Caps win it. He knew the linesmen could be him like Jaskin to see if he screwed up.
“Alex will get a face-off loss for that however that was a wise play by him,” mentioned McLellan.
Unbelievably the Caps additionally obtained a delay of sport name later within the third after an icing name. Brett Connolly tried to sneak off and one other Caps’ participant got here on in his plae however the zebras weren’t having any a part of it and when the Caps dilly-dallied earlier than the face-off, they obtained the penalty for attempting to idiot the refs.
One other head-to-head
McDavid performed towards Sidney Crosby within the OT loss to the Penguins Tuesday and on this one he noticed Kuznetsov, who went into the sport with 13 factors however had a really quiet evening.
McDavid was robbed twice by Holtby, particularly late in second (proper pad), then early within the third he raced in on a PP however his back-hand ripped over the cross-bar. Nugent-Hopkins confirmed his unselfishness by getting it to him for the freebie.
“Actually, it ought to have been Nuge’s purpose as a result of they had been hooking him all the best way (empty-net),” mentioned McLellan.
This ’n that
Bouchard performed his seventh NHL sport on the Oilers blue line, so solely two extra video games earlier than they must determine to maintain him or ship him again to junior … Coffey was 19 years and 4 months outdated when he performed his first Oiler sport in 1980 …Burakovsky’s purpose was his first level this season. Good short-side cross from the Alabama-born fourth-line Caps’ C Nic Dowd … Adam Larsson took an Ovechkin stick within the mouth early within the second that the refs didn’t see … Zack Kassian was scratched together with Jesse Puljujarvi, however Kassian could also be nursing a slight neck drawback … Drake Caggiula was again after lacking per week with a sore hip when he hit the boards after a success by Jets’ Andrew Copp … The Caps sat Nathan Walker, who was right here for half a cup of espresso final yr when Oilers obtained him off waivers and after they wished to ship him to Bakersfield, Washington reclaimed him.
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