Washington
Capitals
28-40-14
Edmonton
Oilers
32-43-7

19 SOG
28 SOG
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WSH
EDM
game recap

Oilers 4, Capitals 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 4, Capitals 0
Washington Capitals 0, Edmonton Oilers 4

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -The Edmonton Oilers rebounded from a particularly rough road trip with another excellent performance at home.

Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist and Dwayne Roloson stopped 19 shots as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Washington Capitals 4-0 on Saturday night.

Fernando Pisani, Joffrey Lupul and Marty Reasoner also scored for the Oilers who were coming off a pair of 6-2 losses on a two-game road trip to Anaheim and Phoenix.

The Oilers (7-4) improved to 6-0 at home.

"It's a little bit of a change from last year," Roloson said. "Last year when I got here we were a great road team and at home we weren't as great. But we'll be fine on the road. We have a long trip coming up in a couple weeks and I'm sure we can turn it around then."

Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish is pleased with his team's play at their rink, but says they need to improve on the road.

"We haven't had a lot of success on the road this year," he said. "We've only won one game out of five, which is certainly not the level we want to be at."

The Capitals, who lost 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night in Vancouver, felt better about their play in this game despite the loss.

"That is likely our best game of the three-game trip so far," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "To me, it wasn't really a four-goal game. I almost have a better feeling tonight than I had after taking a point in Vancouver. It's a long process to get where we want to go this year but I think we looked farther ahead tonight than we did the night before."

The Capitals dropped to 3-3-4, though MacTavish agreed that Washington played better than the score indicated.

"They played us hard," he said. "They are going to win some games."

Midway through the first period, Smyth blasted a slap shot to the top corner that blew by goalie Brent Johnson. The power-play goal was Smyth's sixth of the season.

After a scoreless second period, the Oilers took a 2-0 lead five minutes into the third when defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron drifted a knuckleball at the Capitals net and Pisani tapped it in.

Edmonton put the game away with just under four minutes left when Johnson allowed a big rebound on a shot by Petr Sykora and Lupul capitalized for a power-play goal.

Reasoner added an empty-net goal.

It was the first time Alexander Ovechkin, last season's rookie of the year, played against Edmonton.

Notes: The last time these teams met was on Jan. 11, 2004, when the Capitals beat the Oilers 1-0 in Washington. ... The Caps lost their previous six games in Edmonton, outscored 31-11 over that span. ... Entering the game against the Oilers, the Caps had scored eight power-play goals this season, seven by either Alexander Semin or Ovechkin. ... Semin leads Washington with eight goals. Last season, the Capitals did not have a player other than Ovechkin get eight goals until Matt Pettinger scored on Dec. 23. ... Oilers F Jarret Stoll recorded his 100th career point with an assist in the first period.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:43
EDM
PPG - Ryan Smyth (6) Slapshot - ASST: Joffrey Lupul (3), Jarret Stoll (7)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:40
EDM
Fernando Pisani (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (4), Ryan Smyth (4)
2 - 0 EDM
16:36
EDM
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Petr Sykora (8), Ales Hemsky (9)
3 - 0 EDM
18:55
EDM
EN - Marty Reasoner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Winchester (2), Toby Petersen (1)
4 - 0 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
04:22
WSH
Bryan Muir  Interference against  Fernando Pisani
11:29
WSH
Alexander Semin  Tripping against  Ladislav Smid
12:44
EDM
Raffi Torres  Fighting (maj) against  Shaone Morrisonn
12:44
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Fighting (maj) against  Raffi Torres
2nd Period
03:23
EDM
Marty Reasoner  Hooking
12:03
EDM
Daniel Tjarnqvist  Holding against  Chris Clark
12:22
WSH
Donald Brashear  Roughing against  Toby Petersen
15:20
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Too many men/ice - bench
16:39
EDM
Fernando Pisani  Holding against  Richard Zednik
3rd Period
06:15
WSH
Steve Eminger  Tripping against  Raffi Torres
15:53
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
SA: 27TOI: 59:46
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 19TOI: 59:59
Saves: 19EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1