Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, right, pushes Columbus Blue Jackets left winger Tomas Kubalik into the boards during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON - Eric Fehr had two goals and an assist, Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green each had two assists, and the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight pre-season win.
Brooks Laich, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin also scored for the Capitals (5-0-0), vying for their first perfect pre-season.
Kyle Wilson, Nick Holden and Chris Clark scored for the Blue Jackets (3-4-0).
Fehr scored the first and fourth goals for the Capitals. His tiebreaking goal—at 5:02 of the third period—came when he took a pass from Mathieu Perreault and beat Mathieu Garon. Fehr's first goal made it 1-0 at 6:29 of the first period.
Ovechkin, playing his second game of the pre-season, and Green had assists on a goal from Backstrom that gave Washington a 3-2 lead 71 seconds into the third period.
Ovechkin, who added another assist on a last-minute empty-net goal by Semin, was involved in a third-period skirmish with Columbus' Nick Holden and sent off the ice for a four-minute roughing penalty.
The Blue Jackets' Mike Blunden was called for a four-minute high-sticking penalty just 13 seconds into the second period and Laich gave Washington a 2-0 lead 10 seconds later.
Wilson's short-handed goal cut Washington's lead to 2-1, and Holden's score tied the game at 2 at 14:03 of the second.
After Backstrom's backhanded flip gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead early in the third, Clark tied the score at 4:12.
The Capitals will try to complete their perfect pre-season on Sunday against Nashville. They've outscored their opponents 20-9.
Columbus' preseason will end with a hectic few days. This was the second of back-to-back-to back games. The Blue Jackets beat the Wild 4-2 at Minnesota on Thursday night and will host Atlanta on Saturday before flying to Sweden for a game with the Malmo Redhawks on Tuesday.