On Saturday, head coach Barry Trotz criticized his team for wallowing in “self-pity.” Sunday, the Capitals turned around and ended their preseason with a win. After scoring just four even strength goals in the previous six preseason games, the Caps matched that output in a single game.
Brett Connolly scored the game-winning goal with 4:26 to go in the third period. In his final audition for an opening-night roster spot, Devante Smith-Pelly picked up a goal and an assist. On the flip side, Tom Wilson was assessed a major for boarding and a game misconduct in the second period.