Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Jonathan Toews scored the only goal in the shootout while rookie netminder Antti Raanta recorded three key stops as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Washington Capitals, 5-4, in Friday’s preseason game at Verizon Center.
Toews, sidelined by a lower-body injury throughout training camp, fired a 22-foot wristshot against David Leggio in the first round of the shootout to put the Blackhawks ahead after Raanta stopped an attempt by Jason Chimera.
Raanta, in his first NHL start after signing with the Blackhawks (2-0-1) in the summer, then stopped Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to seal the win. Overall, the 24-year-old Raanta stopped 26 of 30 shots.
Raanta earned a 21-10-11 record with five shutouts, a 1.85 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in 45 games last season with Assat Pori in Finland.
Raanta led the league in GAA and save percentage and ranked fifth in shutouts, leading his team to the 2013 SM-liiga championship.
He named to the league’s All-Star team and was honored as the best goaltender as well as Most Valuable Player of both the regular season and the playoffs.
The Blackhawks also got goals from Jeremy Morin, Brad Winchester, Brandon Bollig and Dylan Olsen.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 14 of 17 shots while David Leggio recorded 16 saves for the Capitals, who slipped to 2-0-2.
Backstrom, Tom Wilson and Eric Fehr scored in the first two quarters before Ovechkin sent the game to extra time with a power play goal in the third.