Lightning open season by defeating Capitals, 6-3 | Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 11:12 PM

Eric Brewer scored more goals Saturday night than he did all last season.

Brewer and Martin St. Louis each scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning delighted a sellout crowd of 19,204 on opening night by defeating the Washington Capitals 6-3.

Brewer, who scored once all last season, opened the scoring 6:24 into the game and finished it with 3:18 remaining. St. Louis added an assist, and Vincent Lecavalier and Cory Conacher scored goals for the Lightning.

Joel Ward scored twice, and Wojtek Wolski had a goal for the Capitals, who lost in Adam Oates' NHL coaching debut.

St. Louis broke a 3-3 tie at 4:47 of the third period when he beat Braden Holtby with a shot from above the left circle during a 5-on-3 power play. Conacher, who also had an assist in first NHL game, finished off a pass from Teddy Purcell at 13:24 for his first goal to extend the lead to 5-3.

Newcomer Anders Lindback stopped 27 shots for the Lightning. Holtby finished with 28 saves.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:24TBL Eric Brewer (1) ASST: Matt Carle (1), Martin St. Louis (1) 1 - 0 TBL
08:25WSH PPG - Joel Ward (1) ASST: Tom Poti (1), Mike Ribeiro (1) 1 - 1 Tie
09:09TBL Vincent Lecavalier (1) ASST: Keith Aulie (1) 2 - 1 TBL
2nd Period
01:59WSH Joel Ward (2) ASST: Jason Chimera (1), John Carlson (1) 2 - 2 Tie
05:11TBL PPG - Martin St. Louis (1) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (1), Cory Conacher (1) 3 - 2 TBL
18:15WSH Wojtek Wolski (1) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (2), Roman Hamrlik (1) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
04:57TBL PPG - Martin St. Louis (2) ASST: Steven Stamkos (1), Teddy Purcell (1) 4 - 3 TBL
13:24TBL Cory Conacher (1) ASST: Teddy Purcell (2) 5 - 3 TBL
16:42TBL PPG - Eric Brewer (2) ASST: Teddy Purcell (3), Steven Stamkos (2) 6 - 3 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:02
Vincent Lecavalier
Vincent Lecavalier
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:37
Cory Conacher
Cory Conacher
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:50
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:28TBL Ryan Malone  Interference against  Alex Ovechkin
02:51TBL Brian Lee  Hooking against  Jason Chimera
06:37TBL Brian Lee  Boarding against  Matt Hendricks
14:01WSH Troy Brouwer  Boarding against  Matt Carle
2nd Period
04:06WSH Wojtek Wolski  Holding against  Steven Stamkos
06:59WSH Jason Chimera  Roughing against  Matt Carle
14:28WSH Mike Ribeiro  Hi-sticking against  Vincent Lecavalier
17:26TBL Sami Salo  Holding against  Alex Ovechkin
17:26WSH Alex Ovechkin  Embellishment against  Sami Salo
3rd Period
03:18WSH Mathieu Perreault  Tripping against  Adam Hall
04:22WSH Nicklas Backstrom  Tripping against  Vincent Lecavalier
07:04TBL Tom Pyatt  Holding against  Marcus Johansson
15:42WSH Matt Hendricks  Roughing against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/43/7
Faceoff Wins3440
Blocked Shots108
Penalty Minutes1610
3T. PotiD01-21013:20
8A. OvechkinL0004223:35
9M. RibeiroC0213218:11
17W. WolskiL1011214:42
19N. BackstromC00-13219:57
20T. BrouwerR00-12221:01
25J. ChimeraL0101212:13
26M. HendricksL00-12213:10
27K. AlznerD0001022:31
38J. HillenD00-1003:29
42J. WardR2015013:37
44R. HamrlikD0100012:36
52M. GreenD00-12026:57
55J. SchultzD000109:15
74J. CarlsonD0122025:02
83J. BeagleR0001015:45
85M. PerreaultC00-1023:52
90M. JohanssonL00-21017:15
70B. Holtby2834.82459:48
2E. BrewerD2012018:18
3K. AulieD0101010:10
4V. LecavalierC1105017:37
6S. SaloD0011222:23
11T. PyattC0010214:08
12R. MaloneL00-12219:41
15B. LeeD00-20413:25
16T. PurcellL0314015:22
18A. HallR0002012:42
19B. CrombeenR0002011:16
25M. CarleD0111021:00
26M. St. LouisR2105021:02
44N. ThompsonC0001013:54
47M. BergeronD001208:47
67B. PouliotL0020013:30
77V. HedmanD0000019:52
89C. ConacherC1112013:50
91S. StamkosC0204023:15
39A. Lindback2730.90060:00