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Markstrom finished with 28 saves.

Blackhawks 3, Capitals 2

CHICAGO (AP) _ Rookie Brandon Saad scored the winner with 3:21 left in the third to lift Chicago to its first preseason win.

Set up by Jonathan Toews, Saad drove to the net and beat Washington’s Tomas Vokoun with a high shot from the left edge of the crease for the game-winner.

Viktor Stalberg scored two goals early in the third period for Chicago. Saad set up Stalberg’s first score.

Joel Ward and Matt Hendricks connected for Washington.

Blues 3, Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) _ Evgeny Grachev scored his third goal in four preseason games, Adam Cracknell and David Backes added goals and St. Louis kept Colorado winless in the preseason.

Grachev scored on a power play at 8:06 of the first period on a pass from Jamie Langenbrunner.

Cracknell wristed a shot from the center of the right circle past goalie Semyon Varlamov at 5:02 of the third and Backes scored an empty-netter with just over 58 seconds left in the game.

Paul Stastny scored for the Avalanche from up close 13 seconds later, but it wasn’t enough and the Avalanche fell to 0-2 in exhibition play.

Colorado rookie Tyson Barie ended Jake Allen’s shutout bid with a shot from the top of the left circle at 12:48 of the third.

Sharks 5, Ducks 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Dan Boyle and rookie Matt Irwin scored in the first period and San Jose routed Anaheim.

The Ducks are winless in their first three games of the preseason.

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