TAMPA, Fla. (AP) 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.
Starting the preseason on a three-game homestand, the Capitals are 1-0 entering their matchup with the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues. This game will be one of five more chances for roster battles to be settled as the Capitals look to shore up their team and send assignments to Hersey and beyond.
In the home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, Caps heartthrob Tom Wilson notched an overtime game-winning goal to seal Washington's first victory of the year. Aliaksei Protas shined for all to enjoy as well, tallying three points (goal and two assists, including one on Wilson's overtime effort).
After this game, the Capitals face the Blues once more in the preseason on September 27th in St. Louis and of course for the regular-season opener on October 2, also in St. Louis.
CAPITALS-BLUES PRESEASON GAME 2: HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals-Blues preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Blues preseason game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7
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It's Alex Ovechkin's birthday! Arguably the greatest shooter of all-time, definitely #1 Capital ever, and king of the boys and girls and babes turned 34 on Tuesday.
To celebrate, the captain's son Sergei came to practice with his mom, Nastya Ovechkina and Twitter almost broke over the cuteness.
The league shared a video from Nastya's Instagram story, revealing an "OVI JR" #8 jersey. I mean...
It doesn't get much cuter than that! But wait.
NBC Sports Washington's JJ Regan snapped the above photo with Ovi holding Sergei as he chats with assistant GM Ross Mahoney while Nastya looks on.
Ovi also stayed behind to sign some autographs for fans at practice.
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