Yegor Chinakhov's goal at 6:46 of the third period snapped a 1-1 tie with the Capitals stood up as the game-winner in a 2-1 Columbus victory on Saturday night in Columbus. Chinakhov's goal gave the Blue Jackets their first lead of the night and enabled them to overcome the Caps, who had the better of the territorial and possession battles over the game's first 40 minutes.
John Carlson's goal midway through the second period turned out to be all the offense the Caps would need on Friday night in Detroit. Lars Eller added a late empty-netter to account for Washington's 2-0 margin of victory over the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.
Playing the first of three straight road exhibition games on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, the Caps got contributions from a trio of offseason acquisitions and came away with a 3-1 win over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
The Caps led in the first and third periods, and Buffalo led briefly in the second frame in Sunday's exhibition opener between the two teams. But Washington lost its hold on that third period advantage, falling 4-3 to the Sabres in overtime.
Six-Pack - The Caps kick off their 2022 exhibition season - a six-pack of preseason tune-ups - when they host the Buffalo Sabres in a Sunday matinee match at Capital One Arena. Following today's tilt, the Caps will play three straight road games later this week, visiting Philadelphia on Wednesday and traveling to Detroit on Friday and Columbus on Saturday.
Thursday was the first day of autumn and the first day of Capitals training camp in preparation for the 2022-23 season. The local media was out in full force as the Caps hit the ice for the first time, and while some attention was paid to a handful of newcomers on the Washington camp roster, there were also some big names who were absent from Thursday's proceedings.