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Evgeny Kuznetsov’s 4-point night helps Caps end slide vs. Oilers

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Nov 7, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA;Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers in the second period  at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two goals and two assists to help the Washington Capitals end a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.

Dylan Strome had two goals and an assist, Erik Gustafsson had three assists and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist. Charlie Lindgren made 25 saves for the Capitals.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist and Stuart Skinner made 26 saves in his fifth start of the season for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row.

Draisaitl scored for the fourth straight game at 2:54 of the third period to pull the Oilers within 4-3.

Kuznetsov scored off a 2-on-1 on a power play to make it 5-3 with 1:51 left. Nugent-Hopkins scored with 1:06 left to cut it to 5-4, but Edmonton couldn’t add the game-tying goal after that.

Strome gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead with 1:45 left in the opening period. Strome stole the puck from Oilers forward Warren Foegele in the Edmonton zone and skated in alone on Skinner for the goal.

Strome scored again while on a power play 26 seconds into the second period for a 2-0 lead. Kuznetsov sent a pass to Strome at the front of the net, and the puck redirected off Strome’s body and into the net.

McDavid, playing in his 500th NHL game, made it 2-1 at 8:33 of the second period, weaving through the defense before beating Lindgren from in close for his NHL-leading 13th goal of the season.

McDavid extended his point streak to seven games (eight goals, nine assists).

The Capitals had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:51 and Kuznetsov redirected a pass through the seam to extend the lead to 3-1 at 12:25 of the second.

It was Kuznetsov’s first goal in his past 18 regular-season games dating to last season.

Nugent-Hopkins redirected a centering pass from Zach Hyman off a rush to cut the lead to 3-2 at 14:10 of the second, but the Capitals went right back on the power play and Ovechkin scored 26 seconds later with a wrist shot from the left circle to extend the lead to 4-2.

–Field Level Media