Before they embarked on their road trip the Washington Capitals had struggled to create much offensive traction at even strength. Apparently all they needed was a change of scenery.

Four players recorded even-strength goals Thursday night to power a 4-1 Capitals victory over the Edmonton Oilers. The win marked Washington’s third consecutive victory and pulled the team even at 5-5-0.

Particularly encouraging though is that seven of the Capitals’ eight goals through the first two contests of their five-game trip have come five-on-five. On this occasion it was the first and third lines doing the heavy lifting with Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Joel Ward and Jason Chimera each posting a goal.

Goaltender Braden Holtby gave a performance to match that of the offense with only Justin Schultz’s goal with 2 minutes 4 seconds remaining spoiling his shutout bid. Even without that marker Holtby was sturdy — and received far more defensive support than he did two days earlier — en route to a 30-save finish.

“It was a better game” Coach Adam Oates said. “We did some good things. A little bit shaky in the first with some guys in this building for the first time first time in the altitude seizing up a little bit but as the game went along we did a better job playing the way we’re supposed to play.”

Early on the Capitals appeared ill at ease facing Edmonton’s speed as it led to extended shifts in the defensive zone. Holtby’s efforts combined with the first of what would be four successful penalty kills on the evening prevented any damage though biding time for Washington’s offense to kick in.

The Oilers iced the puck with less than two minutes to go in the first period setting up a faceoff between both teams’ first lines on the right side of the Edmonton zone. Backstrom beat Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the draw and Marcus Johansson tapped the puck over to Ovechkin who snapped a shot from the top edge of the circle past Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk (22 saves) for a 1-0 advantage with 1:47 remaining in the opening period.