In Washington

Oilers vs Capital | The Washington Capitals had fewer than two minutes remaining and were attempting to avoid squandering another third-period lead when Alex Ovechkin went toward the net and handed the puck to Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was anticipating it, instead of shooting.

Kuznetsov declared

“For sure I knew he was going to pass.” The most crucial contribution made by Ovechkin on Monday night was a critical assist on Kuznetsov’s goal, which helped Washington hold on and defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4. Ending a four-game losing run. Ovechkin also scored again. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ goal 45 seconds later proved to be the game-winner. But even without many important players, the Capitals will accept their hard-earned triumph.

Kuznetsov, who had two goals and two assists for his sixth career four-point game. Said “I’m hopeful that we’re going to build after this game for sure because that’s a fairly good team and I felt like even when we gave up a goal we were never giving up.” “We were missing a lot of people, a lot of D men, and they came up today.” The bench team said. We have always been upbeat and supportive of one another.

Stuart Skinner became the 163rd different NHL goalkeeper that Ovechkin has scored against when Ovechkin scored for the third game in a row. This time while Stuart Skinner was in the penalty box in the second period.

Additionally, it is the third game in a straight that he has scored on a new goalkeeper after Ville Husso of Detroit and Karel Vejmelka of Arizona were assigned the numbers 161 and 162, respectively.

With goal No. 788 in his career, Ovechkin moved up to second place on the all-time list, 13 points behind Gordie Howe, and 106 points behind Wayne Gretzky, whose record had long looked unbreakable. In a six-game point run, Ovechkin has been on fire lately with five goals and two assists.

Coach Peter Laviolette said that “Ovi, Kuzy, and (Conor Sheary) were pretty excellent offensively.” Everyone performed well, in my opinion, but you need your best players to stay your top players.