Erat saves Caps with shootout winner

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba —  Though the Washington Capitals did a lot things wrong, they still managed to come away with a win.

Martin Erat scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout on Tuesday night, lifting Washington to a 5-4 win over Winnipeg despite being outshot 47-32 and giving the Jets many breakaway chances.

“We made every mistake you can make basically in the course of the game,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “It’s the first time this year where we’ve come to this building or a Canadian rink and the boys are so much faster.”

Oates expects to find things even faster in Edmonton, where the Capitals play Thursday.

“It’s the fastest rink in the league and you’ve got to be prepared for that,” he said. “It’s a mental adjustment.”

Oates gave credit to goaltender Braden Holtby for stopping 43 of the 47 shots he faced in three regulation periods and 5 minutes of overtime.

“Holt made some huge saves,” Oates said.

The Capitals managed only 32 on Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec — none in overtime.

Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist for Washington, while Mikhail Grabovski and Troy Brouwer also scored.

“You notice it, it’s hard not to,” Holtby said of the barrage he faced, which included more breakaways than he could recall.

“We got a win on the start of our road trip here and we’ve nowhere to go but improve for the rest of it.”

Bryan Little struck twice for Winnipeg, while Grant Clitsome and Blake Wheeler also scored as the Jets wrapped up a season-high six-game homestand.

Andrew Ladd had three assists and coach Claude Noel was pleased at the way his captain’s intensity helped lead the team.

“He played with a lot of will tonight, through physical play and winning battles,” Noel said. “That’s the Andrew Ladd that really helps us win.”

Besides the point from the shootout loss, Noel was pleased with the Jets’ effort, including coming back twice from deficits and getting more offense from his juggled forward lines.

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