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If you give up four powerplay goals, you’re going to have a bad time.
That’s what the Edmonton Oilers found out on Monday night when they coughed up four while shorthanded enroute to a 5-4 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Dylan Strome got the party started for the Capitals with a goal with 1:34 left in the first and another 26 seconds into the second, their first powerplay marker.
Connor McDavid did Connor McDavid things to cut the lead to one at the 8:33 mark of the second, but it was otherwise a back-and-forth affair to the final buzzer.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice on the powerplay while Alex Ovechkin, of course, added another. For the Oilers, it was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who found paydirt twice, and Leon Draisaitl who added markers for the Oilers, but it wasn’t enough to overcome their PK woes.
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Edmonton takes on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in what will undoubtedly be a tough matchup as they continue their road trip.

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]