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Oil Spills: Saturday Links - Oilers Fall to Caps

All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. The Oilers lose to the Capitals. Ovechkin is pretty good. A game on Parliament Hill. A new jersey for the Ducks. And more.

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About Last Night

Oilers Defense Leads them to a 7-4 Loss -- The Copper & Blue
The Capitals take advantage to the Oilers defense and make them pay

Capitals vs. Oilers Recap: Kuznetsov Carries Caps to Conquest of Oilers, 7-4 -- Japers' Rink
In a game that brought back memories of wild and woolly shoot-outs in this rink in the 1980's, the Caps and the Oilers put on quite an offensive show.

Cult of Hockey player grades: Edmonton Oilers’ top D pair of Klefbom, Schultz destroyed by the Capitals - Jonathan Willis -- Cult of Hockey
Washington should have been on its last legs, playing the second night of a back-to-back, and their third in four nights. Instead, the Capitals outplayed Edmonton early, outplayed them late and picked apart an incompetent Oilers defence. Evgeny Kuznetsov was brilliant, putting up five points as Edmonton failed again and again to keep him under wraps.

Sloppy stuff from Oilers in Friday night loss to Capitals - Jim Matheson -- Edmonton Journal
The Edmonton Oilers were like a wall defensively in their previous three games — not the Bulin Wall, but a wall nevertheless — giving up just four goals in their three wins. Friday that brick wall looked like a picket fence with several boards missing.

Oilers lose offensive duel to Washington Capitals - Rob Tychkowski -- Edmonton Sun

The Edmonton Oilers went into Friday night’s game on a determined quest to reach .500, but many more games like that and they’ll be hitting 500 goals against first. A defensive classic it wasn’t.

Capitals coach Trotz says Russian star's priorities have changed with maturity - Derek Van Diest -- Edmonton Sun
Alexander Ovechkin has been one of the most dynamic players in the NHL since breaking into the league 10 years ago. Yet Ovechkin has never made it past the second round of the playoffs with the Washington Capitals, which begs the question whether he needs to win the Stanley Cup to secure his place in hockey lore?

Edmonton Oilers burned by red-hot Washington Capitals - Joanne Ireland -- Edmonton Journal
A goaltender’s duel it was not. Not with a combined 11 goals on a combined 49 shots — and in the end, the red-hot Washington Capitals emerged with a relatively easy 7-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Around the NHL

Melnyk confirms Sens pursuing game on Parliament Hill -- TSN
With Canada's 150th birthday and the NHL's centennial approaching in 2017, the Ottawa Senators aren't just pushing for any old Heritage Classic outdoor game. They covet an outdoor venue with the country's most majestic backdrop.

The 'If I fought this Philadelphia Flyer, would I win?' chart -- Broad Street Hockey
Don't fight anyone, obviously ... but if you did fight, would you win?

It's Official: Anaheim Ducks New 2015-16 Third Jersey Leaks -- Anaheim Calling
The International NHL Shop has officially released the Anaheim Ducks third jersey design for the coming season, and it's the exact Icethetics design we initially reported on August 11. Come check it out in all it's glory!

Mats Zuccarello Has Magic Hands. So Does Chris Kreider. -- Blueshirt Banter
Breaking down Chris Kreider's first goal of the year.

Hear what Ryan White said to Antoine Roussel in the penalty box -- Broad Street Hockey
NSFW for language, as you'd imagine.

Jaromir Jagr's career is older than many of the NHL's current players --
Jaromir Jagr has put together one of the most productive careers in NHL history. There is a strong argument to be made that he is one of the five best players to ever suit up in an NHL game. When you buy a ticket to see him play, you're watching one of the all-time greats. A hockey legend.

NHL Grab Bag: Hey, It’s Early! -- Grantland
Welcome to a weekly grab bag of thoughts and observations from the past few days and/or decades of NHL hockey.