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Caps exploit poor goaltending, beat Oilers 4-2

Oct 14, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

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The NHL’s free agent market includes goalies such as Ilya Bryzgalov and Jose Theodore. That might seem like a random thing to mention, but after Monday’s game, Edmonton Oilers fans might want to note that fact.

The Oilers suffered another unsettling loss today, this time falling to the struggling Washington Capitals 4-2.

Four ugly minutes

Really, one could argue that the game was largely over in the second period, as the Capitals transformed a 1-1 tie to a 4-1 lead in less than four minutes.

The aggressors shouldn’t be surprising. Washington’s lethal power play supplied two of those goals. Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and an assist while Nicklas Backstrom collected a trio of helpers.

The troubling part is that the Oilers weren’t wildly out-shot. In fact, Edmonton’s 30-20 shot advantage wasn’t a mere result of coming from behind; the Oil carried a 19-11 shot advantage through 40 minutes.

Swiss cheese

Oilers management spoke of making some bold moves this summer, and while there were some nice tweaks, they rolled the dice with Devan Dubnyk in net.

The big goalie could still work out, but perhaps they made a mistake by adding a career backup in Jason LaBarbera instead of someone who could battle more realistically for the starting role. The Oilers came into Monday’s action with a league-worst 86.4 save percentage and that will only dip after “The Barber” allowed four goals on those 20 shots.


Regardless of your target of blame, the 2013-14 season is at least beginning the same way far too many Oilers campaigns kicked off before.

  1. esracerx46 - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    So this is what happens when you recycle the same crap over and over again. I really feel sorry for Eakins. Despite being a rookie nhl coach I do think he can be successful. I like how he approaches people and how he preaches and practices accountability. Unfortunately with the management above him, his job is even more difficult.

    • withseidelinn - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      It’s blatantly obvious that the entire management team needs to go. How many coaches in the last 4 seasons have they had? 3, 4? Look at their roster and the amount of talent they have up front. Management HAS to be accountable and needs to do something.

  2. c9castine - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    they didnt really think any one of these guys could win significant games did they? with biron on waivers and bryzgalov playing roller hockey or whatever in vegas youd think theyd make a move

    • dolphincult - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Ya cuz those to bozos will definitely improve the .864 save %. Especially biron, he has been way better than dubnyk.

      • c9castine - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        maybe not biron but bryzgalov would bring experience skill and competitiveness. point is with talent like that a new coach and expectations they should probably do something, even if its just to bring in somebody for healthy competition that is a pro and can stabilize things.

  3. blomfeld - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    PFFT !

    Thursday March 20, 2014 … Capitals @ Kings 1930 hours PST


    • babykaby - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM


    • babykaby - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Dumbfeld, you and your stupid videos should be banned from this site.

  4. canucks30 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    The problem with this team is Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, and the rest of the “Old Boys” club. The Oilers have been living off the 80’s for almost a quarter century now. It’s time for some new blood and a fresh approach.

  5. capsfan19 - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Oilers had a fantastic start to the game. Eberle and hall were lethal, combining for wicked shots off the posts and holtby to make wicked saves.
    Sure the outcome was 4-2, a win is a win, but oilers really coulve taken this one if the bounces went their way (or if neuvy was in goal ha ha)

    • bmoreredfury311 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Come on, you and i both know that the reason for D.C. struggles is not the goal tending. Holts or Neuvy are two very good young goalies. Your only as good as the D in front of you, and when that D is beat on the rush and is turning the puck over in the D-zone or neutral zone, goalies will give up some questionable goals they would have saved other wise. Its still very early in the season, and if this team can tighten up by not turning the puck over and not trying to make a pretty play. They will compete with the best in league. Go Caps!

    • flavadave10 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Goalies haven’t been at fault this year. The defense has been putrid.

  6. adlent - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Sure the goaltending wasn’t lights out, but c’mon… you give up two PP goals on a sick cross crease pass and a shot from the low slot (great scoring opportunities) and then you let Ovi shoot from the slot as well with a screen in front? The only terrible, terrible goal was Laich’s through the five-hole. The rest were fantastic scoring opportunities.

    Get the blue-line together and give the goalies a chance!

  7. vbcaps - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Should the oilers be making an offer to get Ryan miller out of buffalo?

    • withseidelinn - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Absolutely, but that would mean the Oilers would have to give up something of value – which MacTavish would refuse to do. Would Gagner and a 1st rounder be enough? Maybe another prospect added in there?

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