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Capitals vs. Lightning: Game 1 of 48

The Caps fall to Tampa in the season opener

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Recap: Bolts 6, Caps 3

Opening night jitters, rust and all-around sloppiness cost the Caps as they fall to Tampa on the road, 6-3.

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Hillen Leaves Game with Apparent Shoulder Injury

Per Stephen Whyno:

Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen left Saturday night's season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning after taking a hit into the boards from Vinny Lecavalier.

Hillen's left shoulder hit into the boards after Lecavalier struck him with what appeared to be a clean check. He was down on the ice and in pain until the whistle blew with 8:17 left in the second period.

Hillen was attended to on the ice but skated off under his own power, favoring his left arm. He went down the tunnel to the team's locker room.

Here's the hit:
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Tonight's Lines: Poti In; Erskine, Fehr, Crabb Out

Per Katie Carrera, the Caps will dress 11 forwards and 7 defensemen tonight, with the lines and pairings expected to look like this:

John Erskine, Eric Fehr and Joey Crabb are expected to be tonight's healthy scratches.

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