Capitals Edge Blackhawks 4-3 (OT) In First Preseason Tilt

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The Washington Capitals downded the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 (OT) Monday night at Capital One Arena. The Capitals scored three goals in the middle period and won the contest with a goal from Tom Wilson 2:35 into overtime.

The Capitals return to the ice for their second pre-season tuneup game on Wednesday when they  host the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00:PM.


Pheonix Copley drew the start in goal for the Capitals first preseason game. Ilya Samsonov was the designated backup. Colin Delia got the start in goal for the Blackhawks. The starting lines for the Capitals:

The Blackhawks struck first with a blast by Alex Nylander from the left point that was redirected by Aleksi Saarela in front of the net at 7:20 of the first period.

The first period would conclude with the Blackhawks leading 1-0. Chicago led in shots 11-6 after the first 20 minutes. The Blackhawks were 0 f0r 0 and the Capitals 0 for 1 on the power play in the first period.

The Capitals would tie the game with a goal from Damien Riat at 2:06 of the middle frame. Connor McMichael had the primary assist. Tyler Lewington had the second assist.

But the Blackhawks would quickly respond with a tally from Alex Nylander at 4:09 of the second period.

Travis Boyd would get it right back with a power play rocket from Travis Boyd at 7:06 of the middle stanza. Aliaksei Protas and Christian Djoos had the assists.

The Capitals would take their first lead with a goal from Aliaksei Protas at 8:38 of the second frame. Beck Malenstyn and Joe Snively were credited with the helpers.

But the Blackhawks would answer with a tally from Adam Boqvist at 12:46 of the second period.

The second period would expire with the game tied 3-3. The Capitals outshot the Blackhawks 13-8 for the middle frame.

The Capitals and Blackhawks settled down in the final frame, with no additional scoring in the final frame. Regulation would end in a 3-3 tie. Shots on goal were 9-9 in the final frame.

The Capitals would win it at 2:35 of overtime with a goal from Tom Wilson.


  • Joe Snively, Bobby Nardella, Alexei Protas, Connor McMichael, Garnet Hathaway and Brendan Leipsic all made their debuts for the Capitals.
  • Alaksei Protas had a goal and two assists.
  • Blackhawks led in shots on goal 30-29.
  • Capitals led faceoff battle 51-49%.
  • Capitals were 1 for 3 and the Blackhawks 0 for 1 on the power play.
  • Capitals outhit the Blackhawks 27-17.
  • Capitals led I’m blocked shots 16-14.


By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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