Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning win season opener 6-3 over Capitals

TAMPA — So many things were in play during Saturday night's season-opening game between the Lightning and Capitals, it was difficult to keep track.

As Washington coach Adam Oates said before the game, "It will be a bit more mental because of the time off and the mistakes and the fatigue level due to conditioning."

But in the end, the Lightning's 6-3 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum came down to hustle and a sizzling shot.

Marty St. Louis scored the winner 5-on-3 with a shot from the slot 4:57 into the third period to break a 3-3 tie but only after Steven Stamkos outscrambled a Capitals player to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

It was St. Louis' second goal of the game, both on the power play, and third point, and sparked a three-goal period that included tallies by Eric Brewer and rookie Cory Conacher, his first NHL goal.

Brewer scored twice, including on Tampa Bay's first shot of the game, and Vinny Lecavalier and Conacher each had a goal and two points as the Lightning won its fourth straight against its Southeast Division foe.

Goaltender Anders Lindback, in his first game for the Lightning, did his part with 27 saves, though his biggest contribution came in the first seven minutes when the Capitals, with three power plays, had a 7-0 lead in shots.

Tampa Bay found its legs and finished with a 34-30 shot advantage.

The Capitals had a 17-8 lead in shots in the first period, but the Lightning had a 2-1 lead with goals by Brewer and Lecavalier.

Tampa Bay did not get a shot until 6:24 into the period, but Brewer made it count, going high over the left shoulder of goalie Braden Holtby.

The Capitals tied the score on the power play at 8:25 as Joel Ward, in front of the net, smacked in a rebound.

But Lecavalier answered 44 seconds later after Keith Aulie's blocked shot deflected right to the captain's stick.

The Lightning took over the momentum in the second period with a 13-6 advantage in shots. The period ended 3-3 with the Capitals getting two goals on lucky bounces.

Ward tied the score at 2 when a puck deflected in off his skate 1:59 into the second period.

The Lightning took a 3-2 lead at 5:11 on St. Louis' power-play goal from in front of the net. Lecavalier made a perfect pass from the bottom of the right faceoff circle.

Wojtek Wolski's tying goal with 1:45 left came after he outhustled St. Louis in the slot to get to a rebound of Mike Ribiero's shot.

Lightning 2 1 3 6
Capitals 1 2 0 3

First Period1, Tampa Bay, Brewer 1 (Carle, St. Louis), 6:24. 2, Washington, Ward 1 (Wolski, Poti), 8:25 (pp). 3, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 1 (Aulie), 9:09. PenaltiesMalone, TB (interference), :28; Lee, TB (hooking), 2:51; Lee, TB (boarding), 6:37; Brouwer, Was (boarding), 14:01.

Second Period4, Washington, Ward 2 (Chimera, Carlson), 1:59. 5, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 1 (Lecavalier, Conacher), 5:11 (pp). 6, Washington, Wolski 1 (Ribeiro, Hamrlik), 18:15. PenaltiesWolski, Was (holding), 4:06; Chimera, Was (roughing), 6:59; Ribeiro, Was (high-sticking), 14:28; Ovechkin, Was (diving), 17:26; Salo, TB (holding), 17:26.

Third Period7, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 2 (Stamkos, Purcell), 4:57 (pp). 8, Tampa Bay, Conacher 1 (Purcell), 13:24. 9, Tampa Bay, Brewer 2 (Purcell, Stamkos), 16:42 (pp). PenaltiesPerreault, Was (tripping), 3:18; Backstrom, Was (tripping), 4:22; Pyatt, TB (holding), 7:04; Hendricks, Was (roughing), 15:42. Shots on GoalWashington 17-6-7—30. Tampa Bay 8-13-13—34. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 1 of 4; Tampa Bay 3 of 7. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 0-1-0 (34 shots-28 saves). Tampa Bay, Lindback 1-0-0 (30-27). A19,204 (19,204). T2:43. Referees—Eric Furlatt, Ghislain Hebert. LinesmenScott Cherrey, Mark Shewchyk.

Lightning win season opener 6-3 over Capitals 01/21/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 11:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Blake Snell shines as Rays beat Mariners to end skid (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell delivered the best outing of his young career and the Rays offense continued its home run-hitting ways for a 3-0 victory Sunday against the Mariners in front of 13,354 at Tropicana Field.

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) with starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) after the top of the seventh inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  2. Bucs' Demar Dotson should be back from injury next week

    Bucs

    The Bucs got good news on starting right tackle Demar Dotson, whose MRI showed only a mild right groin sprain and should be back at practice next week.

    Bucs tackle Demar Dotson, shown last year when he signed a three-year contract extension, should only miss a week of practice with his groin injury and can return healthy for the Bucs' season opener at Miami in three weeks. [Octavio Jones | Times]
  3. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  4. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.