The Washington Capitals
looked very solid in their final preseason tuneup Sunday afternoon.
had a goal and an assist, and Michal Neuvirth
stopped 28 shots as the Caps beat the Chicago Blackhawks
4-1 at the Verizon Center in the preseason finale for both teams.
had 32 saves for the Blackhawks, who went 2-4-1 in the preseason.
Washington's Mathieu Perreault
made it 1-0 by poking in the rebound of Green's shot at 11:18 of the first period. Brooks Laich
made it 2-0 five minutes later.
cut the Blackhawks' deficit in half less than a minute later when he knocked in his own rebound during a power play.
Chicago's Peter LeBlanc received a match penalty for a hit to the head of Capitals forward Alexander Semin
at 12:37 of the third period. A slashing penalty on Hossa gave the Caps a 5-on-3 advantage, and Green beat Crawford with just over 3 minutes to play.
added a shorthanded, empty-net goal.
Chicago rested several regulars, including Jonathan Toews
, Duncan Keith
and Brent Seabrook
. Washington was without centers Matt Hendricks
and Jeff Halpern
The Blackhawks will open the regular season Friday at Dallas. The Capitals, who went 3-3-1 in the preseason, will host Carolina on Saturday.
Material from wire services was used in this report.