By Sally Fahey
After blowing a 3-0 lead to let the game slip into overtime, where it looked like the Caps T. J. Oshie beat them, the Coyotes got shootout goals from Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland and two more big stops from Antti Raanta to hand the Caps their 2nd loss in 12 games, 4-3.
Raanta made 31 saves in regulation and overtime, and was able to keep the puck out against Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov in the shootout to cap a stellar night.
Raanta “tried to kind of stay in the moment and just hope that it would be offside” when Oshie’s goal 2:16 into overtime was being reviewed. Coyotes players refocused after referee Frederick L’Ecuyer announced no goal and didn’t let the roller coaster of emotions derail them.
“It’s tough when you kind of feel so dejected and then, oh, you’ve got three more minutes to play,” defenseman Jason Demers said. “I think guys did a great job of staying locked in.”
Washington was on the wrong side of two video reviews. A puck off the skate of Arizona’s Christian Fischer 10 seconds into the second period was found to be completely over the goal line while inside Ilya Samsonov’s glove, and then Oshie was clearly offside in OT.