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Smith's shootout goal lifts Nashville Predators to 4-3 victory over Washington Capitals

  • Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, checks Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher (12) into the boards as linesman Brad Lazarowich, left, tries to get out of the way in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, checks Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher (12) into the boards as linesman Brad Lazarowich, left, tries to get out of the way in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer (20) celebrates with Eric Fehr (16) after scoring a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer (20) celebrates with Eric Fehr (16) after scoring a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators forward Rich Clune (16) fights with Washington Capitals defenseman Patrick Wey (56) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Nashville Predators forward Rich Clune (16) fights with Washington Capitals defenseman Patrick Wey (56) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)  (The Associated Press)

Craig Smith scored the only goal in the shootout to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.

Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and Shea Weber added another for Nashville, which has won two of three.

Troy Brouwer scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom had the other goal for Washington. The Capitals have lost three straight.

Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton had 23 saves, and then denied all three Washington shooters in the tiebreaker.

Weber gave Nashville a 3-2 lead at 8:23 of the third.

Matt Cullen carried the puck into the Washington zone on the right side. Just across the blue line, he left a drop pass for Mike Fisher, who found Weber at the top of the right circle. The captain then ripped a slap shot high to the stick side of Capitals goaltender Jaroslav Halak for his team-leading 21st goal of the season.

Washington then used a power play to tie the game again with 7:40 to go. Backstrom's snap shot from above the right circle beat Hutton for his 14th of the season.