COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Matt Hendricks scored three goals and starter Semyon Varlamov stopped all 20 shots he faced to help Washington -- playing without star Alexander Ovechkin -- beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Wednesday night in the Capitals' preseason opener.
Tomas Fleischmann had two goals and an assist, Cody Eakin also scored, Alexander Semin had three assists and Marcus Johansson added two assists for the Capitals.
Rick Nash and Nikita Filatov scored for Columbus, which opened exhibition play Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory in Atlanta. Steve Mason allowed two goals on 13 shots in a period and a half of action.
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Arena: Nationwide Arena Location: Columbus, Ohio
Referees: David Banfield, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Derek Amell
Attendance: 10,908 (60.1% full)
Tomas Fleischmann 1 Assist: Brooks Laich, Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks 1 Assist: Marcus Johansson, Andrew Gordon
Tomas Fleischmann 2 (power play) Assist: Eric Fehr, Alexander Semin
Rick Nash 1 Assist: R.J. Umberger
Matt Hendricks 2 Assist: Tomas Fleischmann, Alexander Semin
Cody Eakin 1 Assist: Joel Rechlicz
Nikita Filatov 1 Assist: Jakub Voracek, Jan Hejda
Matt Hendricks 3 Assist: Tyler Sloan, Marcus Johansson