WASHINGTON (AP) - Joel Ward scored two goals, Cal O'Reilly added a goal and an assist, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for the Nashville Predators, who beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 on Sunday in the final preseason game for both teams.
Nashville will open the regular season Saturday at home against Anaheim. The Capitals begin on Friday night in Atlanta.
Washington (5-1) was trying for its first perfect preseason, but couldn’t get its offense going. Nashville held a 28-22 shots advantage.
Nashville stepped up the pressure in the third period, outshooting Washington 12-7 and creating good scoring chances.
Ward quickly gained control and scored on a breakaway. He made it 3-0 with 7:27 left by beating Sabourin with a quick shot from in front.
Sabourin came on with 9:57 left in the second period after Michal Neuvirth stopped all 13 shots he faced. Washington coach Bruce Boudreau told fans on Saturday that Neuvrith would start the opener, but later added he could change his mind.