EDMONTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first career hat trick and added two assists as the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams also scored for the Capitals (6-1-0), who were playing their third game in four nights.
Connor McDavid, Benoit Pouliot, Rob Klinkhammer and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins replied for the Oilers (3-5-0), who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end.
Washington started the scoring early, just three minutes into the first, as Kuznetsov took a feed from T.J. Oshie and he waited for Oilers goalie Anders Nilsson to go down before lifting the puck into an open net.
Edmonton responded with nine minute to play in the opening period as Nail Yakupov displayed some grit behind the net to chip the puck in front to Pouliot, who beat Washington goalie Philipp Grubauer, making his first start of the season.
The Capitals regained the lead just over a minute later thanks to a breakdown on the penalty kill by Edmonton, allowing Backstrom a breakaway that he buried for this fourth goal of the season.
The Oilers made it 2-2 with five minutes remaining in the first as Klinkhammer tipped a Taylor Hall shot into the Caps net.
The back-and-forth action continued as Washington scored with 20 seconds left in the opening period with Johansson winning a battle in front to deflect a Williams shot into the net.
Edmonton tied the game back up again just 36 seconds into the second period on the power play as McDavid banked the puck off a couple of defenders and in for his fifth of the season.
Six minutes into the second and Washington once again regained the lead as Oiler Justin Schultz missed on a leap for the puck and Kuznetsov scored on a breakaway backhand.
Washington made it 5-3 midway through the third as Kuznetsov made a perfect back door pass to Burakovsky for the goal.
The Capitals scored again on a Williams redirection two minutes later. Nilsson was replaced by Cam Talbot in the Edmonton net.
Edmonton got one back with five minutes left in the second as Nugent-Hopkins picked the top corner on a broken play.
Kuznetsov scored his third goal of the game on the power play with three minutes remaining.
The Oilers return to action on Sunday when they host the L.A. Kings. The Capitals are off until next Wednesday, when they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to town.