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Eberle, Oilers hand Caps first loss of season

Oct 28, 2011 - 4:55 AM
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jordan Eberle's go-ahead power-play goal 12:44 into the second period lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

"I didn't think it was our best," Eberle said. "We turned over a lot of pucks, kind of made it a track meet and I think that's what they wanted. They're such a fast transition team."

Taylor Hall netted the other goal for the Oilers, who won their third straight game.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 33-of-34 shots for Edmonton.

Karl Alzner scored the lone goal for Washington, which suffered its first loss of the season.

"We ran into a good team here that's on a high," Alzner said.

Tomas Vokoun made 17 saves for the Capitals.

Washington's Alzner scored 5:36 into the opening period to give the Capitals a quick 1-0 lead.

Hall's power-play tally knotted things up late in the first period on some nice tic-tac-toe passing by the Oilers. Corey Potter fed Eberle from the high point. Eberle, from the low-left circle then found Hall in the crease, and he jammed it home.

Potter took a shot from the high point. The puck took a huge rebound, and Eberle finished from the left circle in the second period for the go-ahead goal.

Game Notes

Jeff Halpern played in his 800th game, while Alexander Semin participated in his 400th contest for the Capitals...It was the first time all season that Washington trailed after two periods.