Game Recap

Blackhawks 3, Capitals 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 3, Capitals 2
Washington Capitals 2, Chicago Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO (AP) - Rookie Brandon Saad scored with 3:21 left in the third period to snap a tie, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Friday night for their first preseason win.

Set up by Jonathan Toews, Saad drove to the net and beat Washington's Tomas Vokoun with a high shot from the left edge of the crease for the game-winner.

Viktor Stalberg scored two goals early in the third period for Chicago. Saad set up Stalberg's first score.

Joel Ward and Matt Hendricks connected for Washington.

Formerly with Nashville, Ward scored for the first time since signing a four-year, $12 million free agent contract with the Capitals in the offseason.

Both starting goalies - Chicago's Corey Crawford and Washington's Vokoun - made first their appearances of the preseason and played the entire game. Crawford stopped 24 shots and Vokoun made 23 saves.

Vokoun, signed a one-year, $1.5 million free agent contract with Washington over the summer after four seasons with Florida. The 35-year-old is expected to compete for starting goalie duties with 23-year-old Michal Neuvirth.

Several of the Blackhawks' top skaters, including defensemen Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson, and forwards Andrew Brunette and Dave Bolland played their first games of the preseason. Brunette made his first appearance as a Blackhawk after signing as a free agent over the summer.

Ward scored the only goal of the first with 6:18 left in the period when he parked in front of Crawford and deflected Alex Ovechkin's shot from the point.

Stalberg put Chicago ahead 2-1 early in the third with goals on consecutive shifts. Stalberg scored from right side of the crease to tie it at 1 at 3:24 of the third to complete a 2-on-1 break with Saad.

Stalberg put Chicago ahead 2-1 at 6:56 when he circled behind the Washington net and banked the puck in off Vokoun's stick.

Hendricks tied it at 2 with 7:38 left in the third. He burst past the Chicago defense and lofted a backhand past Crawford.

Notes: The Blackhawks assigned 11 players to Rockford of the AHL on Friday, including David Toews, younger brother of team captain Jonathan Toews. ... Before the game, the Blackhawks observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Sept. 7 plane crash in Russia that killed members of the KHL's Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team. Among those killed in the accident were former Blackhawks Alexander Karpovtsev and Igor Korolev. ... Chicago star forward Patrick Kane, who underwent surgery on his left wrist in July, has yet to play in a preseason game.

scoring summary
1st Period
Joel Ward (1) Tip-in - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (1), Keith Aucoin (1)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
3rd Period
Viktor Stalberg (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brandon Saad (1), Brian Fahey (1)
1 - 1 Tie
Viktor Stalberg (2) Wrap-around - ASST: Jonathan Toews (1), Steve Montador (1)
2 - 1 CHI
Matt Hendricks (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
Brandon Saad (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jonathan Toews (2), Duncan Keith (1)
3 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
Steve Montador  Holding  - 2 min against  Alex Ovechkin
Tomas Vokoun served by Cody Eakin  Tripping  - 2 min against  Brandon Saad
2nd Period
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Danny Richmond
Danny Richmond  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jamal Mayers
3rd Period
Matthew Ford  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Corey Crawford
Niklas Hjalmarsson  Tripping  - 2 min against  Alex Ovechkin
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 26TOI: 59:24
GA: 3SV%: .885
Corey Crawford
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
GA: 2SV%: .923