Kuznetsov has 3 goals and 2 assists, Capitals top Oilers 7-4
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Evgeny Kuznetsov had three goals and two assists to help the Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-4 on Friday night for their for their fifth straight victory.
Kuznetsov opened the scoring on a backhander at 3:05 of the first period, gave Washington a 4-3 lead with another backhander at 6:17 of the second, and completed his first career hat trick with a snap shot on a power play with 3:01 left in the third period.
The goals were his first of the season.
Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams also scored for Washington, and Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves in his first start of the season. Playing for the third time in four night, the Capitals improved to 6-1-0.
Rookie star Connor McDavid scored his fifth goal of the season for Edmonton. Benoit Pouliot, Rob Klinkhammer and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored.
The Oilers dropped to 3-5-1 after winning their previous three games.
NOTES: The Capitals beat Vancouver 3-2 on Thursday night. They also have beaten Chicago, Carolina and Calgary on the winning streak. The Capitals are off until Wednesday night when they face Pittsburgh at home. … The Oilers are home Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.