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The Caps outlasted the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in a shootout on Sunday to earn their fifth win is six games. Here's how they were able to defeat Connor McDavid and Co.

A successful challenge

With the game tied at 0, it looked like the Edmonton Oilers had struck first in the second period with a goal from Oscar Klefbom, but when the goal was scored, Braden Holtby was down on the ice and was quick to wave to the ref and signal for goalie interference. Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had clearly skated into Holtby’s leg, knocking him over. He did not get the call initially, but Barry Trotz called for the coach’s challenge. According to a statement from the NHL’s situation room, “After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Nugent-Hopkins interfered with Holtby before the puck crossed the goal line." The goal was disallowed and the score remained 0-0.

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Four saves on Maroon late in the second period

Holtby frustrated a lot of players on Sunday, none more so than Patrick Maroon. In the second period, Maroon had four great point-blank opportunities and Holtby turned all four away with the outstretched pad. After the fourth such opportunity, Maroon returned to the bench and snapped his stick in frustration., but it wasn't the stick's fault. Holtby was just on point.

 

A contribution from the blue line

There’s no way around it, the Caps did not get enough offense on Sunday. They managed only 19 shots on goal which is not many considering that Laurent Brossoit was in net for Edmonton. Haven’t heard of him before? You’re not alone. The 24-year-old Brossoit was playing for the first time since Oct. 17. The Caps should have pushed the game offensively to pressure him with shots and pressure in his face. With Washington struggling to produce anything on offense, it was the defense that stepped in to save the day. Dmitry Orlov scored his first goal of the season with an assist from fellow defenseman Madison Bowey. Tom Wilson had the other assist.

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American hero T.J. Oshie

The game ultimately went to a shootout with both teams tied at one. In all, there were six shots attempted in the shootout and only one goal. of course it came from the stick of Oshie. He is essentially automatic in the shootout and earned the Caps the extra point on Sunday.