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Capitals beat Oilers to snap 2-game skid

Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play, backup goaltender Pheonix Copley made 31 saves and the Washington Capitals ended their two-game losing streak by beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Monday night.

Alex Ovechkin scores on power play for defending Cup champions

Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana celebrates his goal against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot during the first period of a 4-2 win for Washington on Monday. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)

Angry and determined to find some consistency, the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals got contributions from unlikely sources to snap their two-game skid.

The new-look fourth line scored twice in the first six minutes, backup goaltender Pheonix Copley made 31 saves and Washington beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Monday night. Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play to continue his climb up the career list, T.J. Oshie had the winner, but the Capitals essentially won the game on quick goals by Jakub Vrana and Devante Smith-Pelly that the Oilers couldn't recover from.

"We needed that win and we knew they have a pretty good team," Ovechkin said. "I think tonight the [fourth] line set the tone. Two shifts, two goals, it's pretty big."

Ovechkin shines in win over Oilers:

Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal while Pheonix Copley made 31 saves as the Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Connor McDavid extended his pont streak to eight games. 1:40

Vrana scored 2:44 into his first shift after coach Todd Reirden demoted him to the fourth line following a turnover in a mistake-filled overtime loss to Dallas on Saturday. Travis Boyd assisted on each of the first two goals in his season debut as the Capitals came out flying and jumped all over Cam Talbot and the Oilers.

"They got two quick goals on a couple turnovers," said Talbot, who allowed four goals on 23 shots in his first start since Oct. 30. "That's just kind of the way that team can go. They don't need a lot of chances or a lot of shots, but when they get them, they've got some good shooters on that team that can put them in."

Ovi moves up career list, McDavid extends point streak

Ovechkin's 11th goal of the season was his 234th career on the power play, tying him with Marcel Dionne for eighth on the career list. John Carlson's point shot banked off two Edmonton defenders and right to Ovechkin in his usual spot in the faceoff circle.

"I was only here for a year, but I've seen him score about 20 from there," said Oilers forward Alex Chiasson, who won the Cup with Capitals last season. "Kind of an unfortunate bounce for us. ... Out of 600 and something [goals], he's probably scored half of them from there, so he's familiar with that spot."

Oilers captain Connor McDavid extended his point streak to eight games with his 10th goal of the season. Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton, which lost for just the second time in seven games.

"I think we gave it away in the first 10 minutes," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "When you chase the game against a real, real good team — the Stanley Cup champs — you're probably going to lose more often than not."

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