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Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta  Attendance: 16,839

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Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers

  1. The Capitals beat the Jets, 5-4, in a shootout on Tuesday and have now won two straight games for the first time this season. Washington has scored 4+ regulation goals five times this season and is 4-1-0 in those contests (0-4-0 in all other games).
  2. Edmonton defeated Montreal, 4-3, on Tuesday and has also won two consecutive games for the first time in 2013-14. The Oilers are 0-for-16 with the man-advantage in their last five tilts.
  3. Washington won the first meeting of the season with Edmonton, 4-2, at Verizon Center on October 14. The Oilers have taken two of three meetings vs. the Caps at Rexall Place since the lockout in 2005-06.
  4. Alex Ovechkin recorded his second three-point game of the season on Tuesday (2g, 1a), and now has an NHL-best nine markers in his first nine skates of 2013-14 overall. Dating to March 14 last season, Ovechkin has lit the lamp 32 times in his last 32 regular-season tilts.
  5. Marc Arcobello had two helpers on Tuesday, giving him a team-best 10 points on the season. Arcobello has yet to score a goal in his NHL career, and his 10 assists in 2013-14 are most by any skater who hasn't lit the lamp yet.
  6. Washington has netted just four goals in the first period this season -- tied for fifth fewest in the NHL. Edmonton has 10 first-period markers in 2013-14 -- tied for fourth most in the league.

By JEFF BARTL

STATS Writer

(AP) -- Alex Ovechkin has led the NHL in goals four times and won three league MVPs, but it's been some time since the Washington Capitals' superstar has started a season so well.

His solid performance against Edmonton last week helped Washington begin its surge, and he'll look to stay hot Thursday night as the Capitals seek only their second road victory over the Oilers in 10 tries.

Ovechkin had two goals over his first nine games in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, but he finished with 32 to win the Maurice Richard Trophy on his way to capturing another Hart Trophy.

He's scored nine goals in his first nine games for the second time in his career - the other being in 2009-10 - after netting two and adding an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over Winnipeg to begin a five-game road trip.

"You've got to get in positions where you can get the puck and score," said Ovechkin, who leads the league in goals. "The most important thing, if I shoot and score goals, is that we win the game. It's working right now."

The Capitals (4-5-0) have won three of four, a stretch that began when Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Nicklas Backstrom added three assists in a 4-2 win over Edmonton on Oct. 14.

Coach Adam Oates, though, wasn't exactly pleased with the effort against the Jets and said Washington will need to be much better Thursday.

"We made every mistake you can make basically in the course of the game," Oates said. "(Edmonton has) the fastest rink in the league and you've got to be prepared for that. It's a mental adjustment."

Ovechkin has five goals and three assists in his last four games against the Oilers, but the Capitals have dropped eight of their past nine visits to Edmonton.

The Oilers (3-6-1) are returning home after dropping the first four games on their road trip before winning the final two. They earned an emotional 4-3 victory over Montreal on Tuesday after Canadiens' winger Lars Eller called Edmonton a "junior team" before the contest.

"When you've got some young player who's trying to get his feet wet calling an organization a junior team, people take notice," coach Dallas Eakins said. "I knew it was going to turn. It makes for great banter in our dressing room."

Ryan Jones, taking the place of Taylor Hall who is expected to be out multiple weeks with a knee injury suffered in Saturday's 3-1 win over Ottawa, scored his first goal of the season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added two assists as the Oilers overcame a two-goal deficit.

"It's what we needed at that point," Nugent-Hopkins said. "We were losing battles, we weren't playing with the passion that we need to win games in that situation."

Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves to earn the victory and is 2-4-1 with a 4.01 goals-against average. He's never faced the Capitals, who are likely to counter with Braden Holtby after he made 43 saves Tuesday.

Holtby, 3-4-0 with a 3.03 GAA, has won both of his career starts against the Oilers while posting a 1.00 GAA after making 28 saves in last week's matchup.

Washington has won three of the last four overall meetings with Edmonton.

Updated October 23, 2013

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