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Recap - Capitals Defeat Minnesota 3-2

Washington needed a shootout to earn a 3-2 victory over Minnesota on Thursday in NHL action at Verizon Center.

Bettors who backed the Capitals were rewarded as -110 favorites at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 5.5.

The win was clinched by Nicklas Backstrom, who beat Josh Harding in a shootout to gain the extra point in the standings for Washington. Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson each scored for the Capitals in the victory. Ovechkin opened the scoring for Washington, finding the back of the net at 8:10 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson.

Braden Holtby turned in a 33-save effort for the Capitals.

Minnesota got goals from Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle in the loss, but it wasn't enough.

Minnesota got a 25-stop effort from Josh Harding in the loss.

On the power play, Washington went 1-for-3, while the Wild were 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Washington lost the shots on goal battle to Minnesota by a margin of 35-27.

Washington looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Coyotes. The Wild will aim to get back on the winning track at Carolina.