Alex Ovechkin scored the decisive shootout goal in the fifth round. The Capitals have one of the deepest shootout rosters in NHL history.
After acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk in a trade, the Washington Capitals have arguably the most talented shootout roster since the league added the skills competition to games during the 2005-06 season.
For instance, Todd Reirden opted not to ice the two greatest offensive players in franchise history, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, as one of the top three shooters and for good reason.
Reirden, instead, penciled in TJ Oshie, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Evgeny Kuznetsov who have all had long records of shootout success throughout their careers. Oshie has scored the fifth most shootout goals in NHL history (44) and the second-most game-deciding goals (20). Kovalchuk has scored the 18th most shootout goals in NHL history (30) while Kuznetsov is a career 41.5 percent shooter. Oshie and Kovalchuk were also the two marathon shooters in the eight-round USA-Russia shootout in the 2014 Sochi Olympics (see bottom).