Forward T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 at Bell Centre on Thursday.
Andre Burakovsky scored to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 1:55 of the first period. Oshie scored at 14:08 before Tomas Fleischmann, signed by the Canadiens to a professional tryout contract, cut the Captials lead in half 12 seconds later.
Alex Galchenyuk's goal at 2:29 of the first tied it 2-2.
Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal at 8:49 of the second period for a 3-2 Washington lead, but David Desharnais scored with the man-advantage for the Canadiens to tie it 3-3 at 14:14.
Neither team scored in the NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format.
Washington and Montreal each went 1-for-5 on the power play.
Braden Holtby started for the Capitals and made 10 saves on 13 shots in two periods before being replaced by Dan Ellis, who made saves on all 12 shots he faced.
Dustin Tokarski made 19 saves on 22 shots for the Canadiens. Mike Condon made saves on all 21 shots in relief.