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Game Recap

Lightning open season by defeating Capitals, 6-3

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 11:12 PM

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Lightning open season by defeating Capitals, 6-3
Washington Capitals 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 6
Three Stars of the Game
Martin St. Louis
1st
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:02
Vincent Lecavalier
2nd
Vincent Lecavalier
C
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:37
Cory Conacher
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:50

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
06:24
TBL
Eric Brewer (1) ASST: Matthew Carle (1), Martin St. Louis (1)
1 - 0 TBL
08:25
WSH
PPG - Joel Ward (1) ASST: Tom Poti (1), Mike Ribeiro (1)
1 - 1 Tie
09:09
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (1) ASST: Keith Aulie (1)
2 - 1 TBL
2nd Period
01:59
WSH
Joel Ward (2) ASST: Jason Chimera (1), John Carlson (1)
2 - 2 Tie
05:11
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (1) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (1), Cory Conacher (1)
3 - 2 TBL
18:15
WSH
Wojtek Wolski (1) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (2), Roman Hamrlik (1)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
04:57
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (2) ASST: Steven Stamkos (1), Teddy Purcell (1)
4 - 3 TBL
13:24
TBL
Cory Conacher (1) ASST: Teddy Purcell (2)
5 - 3 TBL
16:42
TBL
PPG - Eric Brewer (2) ASST: Teddy Purcell (3), Steven Stamkos (2)
6 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:28
TBL
Ryan Malone  Interference against  Alex Ovechkin
02:51
TBL
Brian Lee  Hooking against  Jason Chimera
06:37
TBL
Brian Lee  Boarding against  Matt Hendricks
14:01
WSH
Troy Brouwer  Boarding against  Matthew Carle
2nd Period
04:06
WSH
Wojtek Wolski  Holding against  Steven Stamkos
06:59
WSH
Jason Chimera  Roughing against  Matthew Carle
14:28
WSH
Mike Ribeiro  Hi-sticking against  Vincent Lecavalier
17:26
TBL
Sami Salo  Holding against  Alex Ovechkin
17:26
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Embellishment against  Sami Salo
3rd Period
03:18
WSH
Mathieu Perreault  Tripping against  Adam Hall
04:22
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Tripping against  Vincent Lecavalier
07:04
TBL
Tom Pyatt  Holding against  Marcus Johansson
15:42
WSH
Matt Hendricks  Roughing against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
goalie stats
Braden Holtby
SA: 34TOI: 59:48
Saves: 28EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .824SH: 0 - 0
Anders Lindback
Anders Lindback
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2