Lightning 6, Capitals 3

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 19, 2013
Martin St. Louis and Eric Brewer each scored two goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 6-3 in the season opener for both teams Saturday night. St. Louis added an assist, while Vincent Lecavalier and Cory Conacher also scored goals for the Lightning. Joel Ward scored twice and Wojtek Wolski also had a goal for the Capitals, who lost in Adam Oates' NHL coaching debut. St. Louis' drive from above the left circle during a 5-on-3 power play gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 advantage at 4:47 of the third. Conacher, who had an assist in first NHL game, scored his first goal to extend the lead to 5-3 with 6:36 to go. Brewer scored his second goal late in the third. The announced crowd for the first Tampa Bay home game since the end of the four month NHL lockout was a sellout of 19,204. The Lightning went ahead 3-2 on St. Louis' power-play goal from the low slot off a pass from Lecavalier at 5:11 of the second. St. Louis has 25 goals and 71 points in 69 career games against Washington. Wolski made it 3-all while both teams had a player in the penalty box with 1:45 left in the second. Ward scored his second goal to tie it at 2 just 1:59 into the second during a delayed penalty. The right wing didn't have a goal in his final 13 games last season. Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead when Brewer stopped a personal 50-game goal drought from the top of the left circle at 6:24 of the first. After Ward's in-close goal 8:25 into the game, coming on the Capitals' third straight power play, Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 2-1 just 44 seconds later. Capitals defenseman Tom Poti played in an NHL game for the first time since Jan. 12, 2011, and had an assist. Poti has battled physical issues, including a lingering groin injury, over the last two years. Notes: Injured Washington C Brooks Laich did not make the trip. ... Lecavalier played in his 999th NHL game. ... Oates said RW Alex Ovechkin will be the team captain this season. The assistant captains are Laich, C Nicklas Backstrom and D Mike Green. ... Lightning D Mattias Ohlund, who didn't play last season because of knee injuries, is starting the year on injured reserve. He could also miss all of this season.
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