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Final score: Washington Capitals 1, Nashville Predators 2

How it happened: Brett Connolly put the Caps up in the first, but a Marcus Johansson turnover turned into a second period goal for the Predators. The Capitals seemed to be getting the better of the play, but found themselves in a 1-1 tie which neither team could break in the third period. It didn't take Nashville long after that as Viktor Arvidsson scored just 1:05 into OT to win it for Nashville.

What it means: Washington has now lost five of their last six games with only three points in that stretch. They now sit only two points ahead of Pittsburgh who was idle on Thursday. Columbus could also shorten the margin to two points with a win (that game still in progress at time of writing).

Goals

Caps goal: Brett Connolly form Jakub at 11:41 in the first period. The third line applied a relentless forecheck until Lars Eller was able to generate a turnover from Kevin Fiala. Vrana pounced on the loose puck for a mini 2-on-0 against Rinne. Vrana fed Connolly who buried the shot. Caps 1, Predators 0

Predators goal: James Neal from Kevin Fiala at 18:56 in the second. Neal intercepted a pass from Johansson in Nashville's defensive zone and broke out on the rush. He passed to Fiala who laid the drop back pass back to Neal who fired the long-range wrister that beat Braden Holtby glove side. Caps 1, Predators 1

 

Predators goal: Viktor Arvidsson from Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi at 1:05 in overtime. Alex Ovechkin floated a bit too far in pursuit of a retreating Johansen and Evgeny Kuznetsov tried to make a quick line change leaving Arvidsson free for a 2-on-1. Arvidsson buried the shot for the gamewinner. Caps 1, Predators 2

3 stars

1. Viktor Arvidsson: Arvidsson found an opening in overtime and he made it count, burying the game-winner behind Holtby.

2. Evgeny Kuznetsov: Washington's second line looked dangerous all night and that was largely because of the play of Kuznetsov. he skated and dangled his way through Nashville's defense and make it look easy in the process.

3. James Neal: It's rare to see a player beat Holtby clealnly with a long-range shot, but Neal did exactly that in the second period to give the Predators life.

Look ahead: The Caps head south for a Saturday night matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, then return for a three-game home stand that will see Calgary, Columbus and Arizona all come to town.

Tell us what you think: Kevin Shattenkirk made his return from a two-game suspension leaving Nate Schmidt as a healthy scratch. What did you think of Shattenkirk's game? If you were crafting a top six for the defense, what it be?

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