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.
Viktor Stalberg scored two goals early in the third period for Chicago. Saad set up Stalberg's first score.
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.
|Joel Ward (1) Tip-in - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (1), Keith Aucoin (1)|
1 - 0 WSH
|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
|Power Play %||21.9%||20.3%|
|% on Road||20.0%||22.6%|
|% at Home||23.1%||18.6%|
|Steve Montador Holding - 2 min against Alex Ovechkin|
|Tomas Vokoun served by Cody Eakin Tripping - 2 min against Brandon Saad|
|Jamal Mayers Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Danny Richmond|
|Danny Richmond Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Jamal Mayers|
|Matthew Ford Interference on goalkeeper - 2 min against Corey Crawford|
|Niklas Hjalmarsson Tripping - 2 min against Alex Ovechkin|