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43-31-8
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Capitals 5, Oilers 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 5, Oilers 4, SO
Edmonton Oilers 4, Washington Capitals 5

WASHINGTON (AP) -Matt Bradley didn't give Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau a chance to say no.

As Boudreau was trying to decide who to put on the ice for the 12th round of a shootout when no one had scored, Bradley made the decision for him.

"He just said, 'I'm going to score, put me out there,' and he jumped over the board and he went in," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He told me, he didn't ask."

Bradley, who had scored two goals all season, was good to his word. He got the puck past Dwayne Roloson after 11 teammates had failed, scoring the only goal of the shootout in Washington's 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Bradley admitted he might not have felt as confident as he acted.

"I told him, 'I'll score, let me go,"' Bradley said. "I don't think either of us actually believed what I was saying."

After Bradley scored, Olie Kolzig stopped shooter No. 24, Sheldon Souray, in the 12th round to end it.

It was the second-longest shootout in Capitals history. Washington lost 4-3 after a 15-round shootout at the New York Rangers on Nov. 26, 2005.

The Oilers are 11-3 in shootouts this season.

"It's as deep as I've ever been involved in," said Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff, who had two goals. "We had plenty of chances there to win it, but we just couldn't."

Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Mike Green all scored in the third straight game for Washington. Kolzig made 29 saves.

The Capitals scored four goals in the second period, but Horcoff tied it 4-all 7:40 into the third period with his second.

Washington took its first lead when Semin scored a wraparound goal with 52 seconds left in the second period. The lead lasted until Horcoff took a pass from Ales Hemsky and slapped a shot in to tie it.

Horcoff also scored at 8:33 of the first period when he swooped in from the right side to knock in a rebound of Souray's shot and give the Oilers the early lead.

Robert Nilsson made it 2-0 later in the period with a power-play goal. Nilsson picked off an errant clearing attempt by the Capitals' Jeff Schultz and knocked it past Kolzig at 13:53.

"I was a little worried at that point," Boudreau said.

The Capitals wasted no time answering to start the second period, scoring two goals 38 seconds apart and tying the game in the first 1:39.

Nicklas Backstrom scored off a pass from Schultz 1:01 in, then Ovechkin tied it while Washington's PA announcer was still giving the time of Backstrom's goal.

Ovechkin fired a shot from the left circle past Dwayne Roloson, who made 28 saves.

Dustin Penner took a crossing pass just outside the crease from Horcoff and put the Oilers ahead 3-2 at 6:49 in the second period, but the Capitals answered again.

Mike Green took a sharp pass across the ice from Ovechkin and scored from the right circle on a 4-on-3 power play at 11:58.

Semin then put the Capitals ahead with 52 seconds left in the period. Semin took the puck from behind the net and wrapped in a goal from the right side to give Washington a 4-3 lead.

As the shootout progressed and the big names failed to score, Bradley started looking around to see when his number might be called.

"I was hoping I got to go before (backup goalie) Brent Johnson went," Bradley said. "I figured if I can go before him, I'll be doing OK."

Bradley decided not to leave it to chance, becoming an unlikely hero. Before he went over the board, his teammates were also looking around, wondering who would get the chance to win it.

"It's hard to stay focused, because you're kind of laughing at the same time," Green said. "Like, 'Who's up next?"'

Notes: Oilers D Joni Pitkanen left the game in the first period with a groin injury and didn't return. ... Edmonton has not won in Washington since Jan. 26, 1997, a six-game losing streak. ... The game was the only meeting between Washington and Edmonton this season. ... The Capitals are 14-0-1 when leading after two periods.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:33
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Sheldon Souray (7), Ales Hemsky (26)
1 - 0 EDM
13:53
EDM
PPG - Robert Nilsson (5) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
01:01
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Schultz (5)
2 - 1 EDM
01:39
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (35) Snap shot - ASST: Boyd Gordon (7), Jeff Schultz (6)
2 - 2 Tie
06:49
EDM
PPG - Dustin Penner (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (26), Ales Hemsky (27)
3 - 2 EDM
11:58
WSH
PPG - Mike Green (14) Snap shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (22)
3 - 3 Tie
19:08
WSH
Alexander Semin (10) Wrap-around - ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (11), Boyd Gordon (8)
4 - 3 WSH
3rd Period
07:40
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (21) Slapshot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (28), Ladislav Smid (3)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDWSHEDMTOTAL
1B. Gordon
S. Gagner
0 - 0
2A. Semin
A. Hemsky
0 - 0
3A. Ovechkin
S. Horcoff
0 - 0
4V. Kozlov
R. Nilsson
0 - 0
5N. Backstrom
F. Pisani
0 - 0
6B. Laich
T. Gilbert
0 - 0
7M. Green
J. Stoll
0 - 0
8T. Fleischmann
D. Penner
0 - 0
9D. Brashear
M. Reasoner
0 - 0
10M. Pettinger
A. Cogliano
0 - 0
11J. Erskine
E. Moreau
0 - 0
12M. Bradley
S. Souray
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
03:24
EDM
Marty Reasoner  Hooking against  Viktor Kozlov
03:31
EDM
Steve Staios  Roughing against  Alexander Semin
03:31
WSH
Alexander Semin  Roughing against  Steve Staios
05:50
EDM
Fernando Pisani  Slashing against  Jeff Schultz
06:31
WSH
Viktor Kozlov  Slashing against  Steve Staios
08:41
WSH
Brooks Laich  Boarding against  Kyle Brodziak
13:35
WSH
Mike Green  Interference against  Shawn Horcoff
17:55
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Hooking against  Nicklas Backstrom
2nd Period
05:10
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Hooking against  Sheldon Souray
10:38
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Tripping against  Alexander Semin
10:43
WSH
Alexander Semin  Slashing against  Steve Staios
11:36
EDM
Jarret Stoll  Slashing against  Nicklas Backstrom
15:34
WSH
John Erskine  Tripping against  Ales Hemsky
3rd Period
09:34
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Too many men/ice - bench
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 32TOI: 65:00
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 33TOI: 64:45
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .879SH: 3 - 3