BELLEVILLE, Ont. -- Brooks Laich could tell as soon as the Washington Capitals got off their bus Saturday morning how big of a deal this was. They were arriving at Yardmen Arena to play the Winnipeg Jets in the NHLs pre-season opener as part of the Hockeyville event that takes the game to a small town in Canada. "There was about 300 kids outside the rink lined up and I was there once," Laich said. "I know how theyre feeling, I know how important it is." Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green were there for the Capitals, and Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian for the Jets. Star power was prevalent in the game, won by the Capitals 4-3 in a shootout in front of a packed house in Belleville. "It was a lot of fun," said Green, who scored the shootout winner. "We didnt know what to expect, and the city welcomed us with open arms. We had a lot of fun today, yeah. It was exciting." Kane knew the teams would put on a show for the event celebrating the nearby town of Stirling-Rawdon, Ont., and they did, with the Jets star doing his part by scoring twice. Kane was playing on a line with off-season trade acquisition Devin Setoguchi and top prospect Mark Scheifele, an experiment of Claude Noels that seemed to work quite well. "I thought me and Seto established some good chemistry and Scheifs did a good job of distributing the puck," Kane said. "Playing with Seto was great. Me and Seto seemed to find each other pretty well out there. Its only one game and its going to be nice to grow, as this pre-season goes on heading into the regular season, together." Six goals on 82 shots made for plenty of entertainment for the capacity crowd of over 3,000. The goaltenders were brilliant, but the back-and-forth play was at least partially the product of rust in the first pre-season game for both teams. "It was a little more offence than defence for what wed want but thats what happens in pre-season, games are pretty wide open," Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said. "Its good to get back in that rhythm with those skilled guys on the ice to remember why its so fun to play against the best in the world." But even a lacklustre, low-scoring game wouldve meant everything in this community, that Washington defenceman Jack Hillen said "appreciated" seeing this level of hockey in person. "I think sometimes as players, too, we forget really how important the NHL is to people and how delicate it is to be in the NHL," said Laich, who did not play because of a left hip flexor injury. "Its just a really, really cool experience." Fans were almost robbed of the chance of seeing Ovechkin play a full game. He took a high stick to the face from Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot in the first period. Ovechkin was down on the ice for some time before skating to the bench and going down the tunnel. 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Then we knew we could hit them on the counterattack, we knew they were vulnerable on the break.Substitute Olivier Giroud, who recovered from a broken leg a month ahead of schedule, pulled a goal back for Arsenal during eight minutes of added time with a shot into the top left corner.The result left United in fourth place with 19 points, ahead of Newcastle on goal difference, and Arsenal slid to eighth place with 17 points.Its been an indifferent start for us, Rooney said. We hope now we can go on a good run of games and ... build a bit of momentum going into the new year.Arsenals defensive frailties were exposed once again in a match that the Gunners had been dominating up until the first goal.We were not efficient enough defensively or in the final third, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.A cross by Ashley Young from the left spooked Arsenals defenders, with Gibbs and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny both challenging for the ball. The left back clattered into Szczesnys ribs and Antonio Valencia crossed the loose ball from the right. Gibbs, who wwas still on the floor, stuck out a leg and the ball was diverted into the goal in the 56th.ddddddddddddSzczesny, who was also down when the goal went in, couldnt continue and left the field clutching his left ribcage. He was replaced by third-choice keeper Martinez. Minutes earlier, midfielder Jack Wilshere had to be replaced because of an apparent left ankle injury.Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez nearly equalized with a header in the 62nd, but United keeper David de Gea caught the attempt. Substitute Santi Cazorla also had a chance to level when Danny Welbeck headed the ball down for him in the area, but De Gea saved the shot in the 68th.When the match kicked off, it seemed like Arsenal would run away with the game.Arsenal laid siege to Uniteds goal in the first 20 minutes but a combination of fine saves from De Gea and poor finishing by Arsenal meant the visitors went into halftime with an unlikely clean sheet.Arsenals wastefulness showed in the statistics at halftime, with the Gunners taking 11 shots, five on target.Welbeck had two good chances in the first 10 minutes with Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain involved both times. Welbecks shot was blocked from close range in the fifth minute after a pass from Oxlade-Chamberlain, who ran unchallenged into the area. In the ninth minute, Oxlade-Chamberlain broke free of Rooney and crossed from the right, but an unmarked Welbeck headed well over the bar.Jack Wilshere then missed the chance of the half when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the 14th after a throughball from Welbeck, but the midfielders close-range shot bounced off De Gea and the ball rolled away out of danger. ' ' '