The Capitals started goalie Jose Theodore, who made 19 saves. The last time he played was in Washington's playoff loss to Pittsburgh that knocked the Capitals out of the postseason.
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau had benched the goalie until that final game of the playoffs when he gave up four goals to the Rangers in Washington's first game of the postseason.
Boudreau has said that Theodore will be the team's No. 1 goalie this season.