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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Nashville



(Sunday, March 30th)

Final Score: Nashville 4, Washington 3 (SO)

Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Craig Smith scored in the second round of the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the Washington Capitals, 4-3, on Sunday.

Patric Hornqvist scored twice in the first period for the Predators, who sit seven points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. Shea Weber had a goal and an assist.

Carter Hutton stopped 23-of-26 shots for the victors.

"I thought we deserved the game," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought 5-on-5, we were much better than they were tonight. We managed the pucks well."

Troy Brouwer scored twice for the Capitals, who are one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists.

Jaroslav Halak turned aside 26-of-29 shots for Washington, which has lost three in a row.

"I thought we played better today than yesterday," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "There were moments where we didn't execute, but I thought that as we got into the game, we played better."

Weber's one-timer from the top of the right circle made it 3-2 Nashville at 8:23 of the third period.

Backstrom's shot from the right circle on the man advantage tied the game at 12:20.

Hutton stopped Evgeny Kuznetsov, Mikhail Grabovski and Backstrom in the shootout to secure the victory for the Predators.

Earlier, Washington took a 1-0 lead off a Nashville turnover in its own zone. Brouwer found the back of the net off a pass from Mike Green at 4:17 of the first stanza.

Nashville answered 98 seconds later. Hornqvist put home a rebound off Weber's blast from the point.

Hornqvist scored his second goal of the game at 18:30 on a breakaway.

Brouwer lit the lamp on the power play at 14:22 of the middle frame. He backhanded a loose puck in the slot past Hutton to make it 2-2.

Game Notes

Nashville and Washington split two games this season ... The Capitals went 2- for-4 on the power play ... Washington defenseman Patrick Wey left the game following a fight with Nashville's Rich Clune at 8:16 of the first.

03/31 00:21:36 ET

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Local
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
7:30pm Tonight
BRK 0
POR 0
7:30pm Tonight
NYK 0
SAC 0
Final
OKC 92
MIN 84
 
Final
MEM 103
ORL 94
Final
NOP 99
PHI 74
 
3rd
UTA 58
BOS 64
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
DEN
Final
AMER 66
ARMY 68
 
Final
OU 59
CLST 56
 
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
PBY 54
HIGH 63
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
Final
DET 53
WRST 64
 
Final
NCAT 71
COPST 84
 
Final
SCST 65
HAMP 56
 
Final
COOK 42
HOW 45
 
Final
NWST 80
NICST 51
 
Final
NO 87
CARK 67
 
Final
CAMP 78
GWEBB 59
 
Final
FAM 65
MDES 72
 
Final
INCWORD 86
MCNST 84
 
Final
SAV 54
NORST 70
 
Final
ABCHRIST 63
SHSU 80
 
Final
LAM 65
STEPH 82
 
Final
SELA 61
TAMCC 70
 
Final
VALPO 73
UWMIL 48
 
2nd
ALAAM 72
ALCOR 62
 
2nd
ALAST 50
SOUTH 51
 
2nd
ARKPB 81
PVU 55
 
2nd
ISU 69
TEX 50
 
1st OT
MVSU 64
TXSOU 64