Matt Hendricks scores 3 goals, Ovechkin-less Capitals beat Blue Jackets 6-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Matt Hendricks scored three goals and starter Semyon Varlamov stopped all 20 shots he faced to help Washington—playing without star Alexander Ovechkin—beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Wednesday night in the Capitals’ pre-season opener.

Tomas Fleischmann had two goals and an assist, Cody Eakin also scored, Alexander Semin had three assists and Marcus Johansson added two assists for the Capitals.

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Rick Nash and Nikita Filatov scored for Columbus, which opened exhibition play Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory in Atlanta. Steve Mason allowed two goals on 13 shots in a period and a half of action.