Craig Smith scored in the second round of the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the Washington Capitals, 4-3, on Sunday.
Patric Hornqvist scored twice in the first period for the Predators, who sit seven points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. Shea Weber had a goal and an assist.
Carter Hutton stopped 23-of-26 shots for the victors.
Jaroslav Halak turned aside 26-of-29 shots for Washington, which has lost three in a row.