The effort and goaltending of Michal Neuvirth was certainly present Friday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center, but the Capitals dropped a disheartening 3-2 decision in overtime when Ilya Kovalchuk connected for the home team with 20.5 seconds remaining.
Still, there were a lot of positives to take in defeat.
"Obviously, I read Troy Brouwer's comments [after Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens] about how we didn't work," Oates said. "But [Friday] was an example of what we can do when we do work and it was great to see. You want to get the win, but we waited for 57 minutes to get the tying goal [by Mike Green at 17:04 of the third period]. We hung in there and did our job and everybody worked for 60 minutes. We played a much better hockey game."