Alex Ovechkin notched a power play goal for his 11th tally of the year, as Jakub Vrana and Devante Smith-Pelly scored quick goals in the first. Vrana found the back of the net just 2:44 in to the game, while Smith-Pelly's came just three minutes later. These quick goals were scored on Cam Talbot, who had 19 saves against 23 shots in his first start between the pipes for the Oilers since October 30th.
Travis Boyd had assists on both of the Capitals' first-period goals in his season debut, while Ovechkin's tally was the 234th of his career on the power play. That number ties him with Marcel Dionne on the all-time list, as the milestone goal was assisted by John Carlson.
On the other end, Connor McDavid extended his point streak to eight games with an assist and his 10th goal of the season, while Leon Draisaitl also scored in Edmonton's loss. The Oilers' road defeat was just their second in the past seven games, despite a hard-fought third period. The rookie Copley stopped all 11 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes for the Caps, who improved 6-4-3 on the goaltender's second-career NHL victory.
The Oilers' schedule does not slow down, as they move on to visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Capitals stay home to host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.