Braden Holtby found out he was starting against the San Jose Sharks just before puck drop. He responded with 36 saves.
Adam Oates and his players react to the Capitals 3-2 shootout win over the Sharks.
Backstrom scored the winning goal in the shootout to lead the Washington Capitals to their first win in San Jose since 1993.
Chris Brown, who was recently called up, recorded his first career goal to tie up the Sharks and force overtime.
Eric Fehr was given credit for the first goal of the game as the Caps took the lead.