Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Teddy Purcell scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout as the Edmonton Oilers rallied for a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals.
Edmonton scored twice late in the third period to tie the game, and Purcell gave them the win when he buried a wrister past Braden Holtby.
Purcell, Derek Roy, Nikita Nikitin and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all scored in regulation for the Oilers, who have won their last two. Viktor Fasth stopped 20 shots.
"We can definitely take some positives out of this," said Edmonton head coach Todd Nelson. "It was a good character win. The guys stuck with it."
Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Capitals, who have dropped three straight, Nicklas Backstrom and Jay Beagle also lit the lamp, while Holtby allowed four goals on 31 shots.
"We had this game in pretty good control and then we played that way," said Holtby. "It's frustrating and not how we want to play, myself included."
Purcell brought the Oilers within 4-3 on a snap shot from the left circle that beat Holtby over his glove with 4:11 to play, and Nugent-Hopkins tied the contest with 1:07 left and Fasth on the bench for an extra attacker on a wrister from the right circle.
Ovechkin scored the first two goals of the game, with the first coming on a one-timer from the top of the left circle just 1:48 in. The second was another one-timer from near the same spot on a power play at 13:58.
Roy got the Oilers on the board less than a minute later when he tapped home a rebound of a Nail Yakupov shot, but the Caps got the goal back less than three minutes after that when Beagle tipped in a shot from John Carlson.
The only goal of the second period came from Edmonton in the waning seconds of the frame, as Nikitin made it a one-goal game with a quick one-timer off a faceoff win with 3.6 seconds left on a power play.
Backstrom's 15th of the season 6:38 into the third gave the Caps a 4-2 lead.
Washington plays at Columbus next Tuesday ... Edmonton hosts Minnesota next Tuesday ... Washington went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Edmonton was 1- for-6.