PLAYER OF THE GAME: Alex Nylander had an assist on two of the three goals for Chicago.
STAT OF THE GAME: Kirby Dach is the 18th-youngest player to make his NHL debut for the Blackhawks since Oct. 4, 1999.
T.J. Oshie opened up the scoring with a power-play goal at 9:25 of the first period, eight seconds after Andrew Shaw got whistled for holding. Oshie picked up a back-door pass from Evgeny Kutznetsov in the slot and fired it past Crawford to put the Capitals up 1-0.
Chicago netted their first goal at 8:25 of the second period when Drake Caggiula buried the puck off of a backhanded pass from Nylander across the slot to knot the game 1-1.
Nic Dowd regained the lead for the Capitals at 9:53 of the second period. Washington's Chandler Stephenson got called for a high-sticking double minor but Dowd netted a shorthanded goal off a pass across the high slot from Carl Hagelin to put the Capitals up 2-1.
The Captials struck again at 3:52 of the third period when Alexander Ovechkin capitalized on a cross-ice pass from John Carlson and fired a shot from the circle giving Washington a 3-1 lead.
Dominik Kubalik cut the Captials lead at 6:05 of the third period. Brandon Saad stickhandeled the puck through traffic before a give-and-go pass to Kampf and firing the return pass on goal. Kubalik found the rebound to make it a 3-2 game.