Bouchard Scores First Win Against Capitals

By Ben Hamill - November 01 2018

Evan Bouchard

Evan Bouchard has scored his first-ever National Hockey League goal against the formidable Washington Capitals during the first period last Thursday evening. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers enjoyed a huge 4-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup team.

According to Nugent-Hopkins, the win was definitely a ‘confidence boost’. Just the way his team played he said, was outstanding, as they played for a solid 60 minutes and didn’t pass up too many prime opportunities or give up the puck too many times. When the Oilers had their chances, the player said, they took them – a great sign for the club and its future in the NHL.

Connor McDavid and Alex Chiasson also managed to score for the Oilers, who recently broke a two-game losing streak. Cam Talbot added the proverbial cherry on top with a whopping 31 saves in the spectacular hockey victory.

Poor Puck Management for Caps

Over on the other end of the spectrum, Capitals coach Todd Rierden noted that he really felt like he had a ‘dangerous transition team’ that fuelled the opposition’s offence by the way they handled the puck. He added that his team’s puck management was nothing short of poor, and that multiple turnovers landed them in trouble and tilted the rink in the Canadian team’s favour.

Edmonton was the first on the board with a high-powered goal with just 3:32 left in the opening period. It was here when Bouchard scored his short from the point with Braden Holtby, the goalie of the Capitals, screened on the play. It was this move that made the local rookie the youngest-ever defenseman in Oilers history to score a goal – and just after his 19th birthday on October 20, no less.

According to the young player, he didn’t even see his score hit home. He just saw his other team members celebrating and he knew that he had been successful. The Oilers then added to their midway lead when Nugent-Hopkins picked off a pass, beating Niklas Backstrom and beating Holtby for his portion of the season.

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McDavid Strikes Final Oilers Goal

Washington scored an equalizing goal just a few minutes later when Nic Dowd took advantage of Burakovsky’s lenient position at the net and scored his first of the season. Edmonton was sitting at 3:1 midway through the third when Chiasson struck his third goal over the NHL’s past two games.

According to Chiasson, he wasn’t playing at the beginning of 2018, but learned the year before that a player must always work on his game. The player played for Washington in 2017, and was awarded a Stanley Cup ring by the Capitals earlier on the game day.

McDavid struck a final empty-netter to tilt the game in the Oilers’ favour and make them the ultimate winners of the impassioned battle.

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