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

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Columbus Blue Jackets\' Steve Mason, left, makes a save as teammate Jan Hejda (35), of the Czech Republic, Washington Capitals\' Andrew Gordon, right, and Jason Chimera wait for a rebound during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) Author: The Hockey News

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

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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.

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.

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