After two straight seasons of last-place finishes, the Edmonton Oilers want to prove they are a team on the rise.
Sending the soaring Washington Capitals to their first loss of the season will certainly help their cause.
Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist and Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves, and the Oilers hung on to edge the Capitals 2-1 Thursday.
''It was a good test,'' Khabibulin said. ''We really wanted to see where we're at. So it feels good to beat one of the best teams in the league.''
Taylor Hall also scored for the Oilers (5-2-2), who have won three in a row.
''The three areas where we had difficulty last year won us the game tonight,'' said Oilers coach Tom Renney, on his team's power play, penalty-killing and goaltending.
It was first overall draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' ninth game and he added an assist to sit at nine points on the season.
If he plays a 10th game he will remain with Edmonton for t...