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 The fourth line got things started off on the right foot and the Caps never looked back in a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

Here are four reasons why the Caps won and snapped a two-game skid:

The fourth line

The return of Travis Boyd from long-term injured reserve meant Todd Reirden was going to have to shuffle his fourth line. He did not simply put Boyd at center in place of Nic Dowd, he also brought down Jakub Vrana from the top line. Vrana had a rough game against Dallas on Saturday, but boy did he and the entire fourth line respond on Monday.

The fourth line scored the first two goals of the game less than six minutes in.

Boyd took the puck in on net forcing a save from Cam Talbot. Devante Smith-Pelly grabbed the rebound and fed Vrana for the goal. Three minutes later, Boyd fed a pass back to Smith-Pelly in the high slot which he scored to put Washington up 2-0.

Boyd recorded an assist on both goals, giving him two points in his season debut and showed he can bring that offensive spark the team as looking for on the fourth line.

One hell of a pass by Nicklas Backstrom

Boyd did his best Backstrom impression in the first period with his two helpers, but Backstrom came back for the second and showed everyone that he’s still a maestro when it comes to setting up his teammates.

Backstrom took the puck on the goal line in the offensive zone and skated along the wall with the puck on his forehand. He was shadowed the whole way by defenseman Oscar Klefbom, but suddenly Backstrom put on the brakes and pulled a spin move, giving him enough room to fire the backhand

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