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Capitals vs. Blues Recap: Caps Upset Champs on Opening Night

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Washington waltzed into St. Louis and upset the defending Stanley Cup Champions on opening night in overtime

Washington Capitals v St Louis Blues Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

A year after raising their own Stanley Cup banner the Washington Capitals traveled to St. Louis Missouri and defeated the Blues on their own special night. The Capitals climbed back from a two goal deficit to win the contest 3 to 2 in overtime.

Here’s Wednesday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: After a shaky start the Capitals dug in and produced a strong road performance against an excellent St. Louis Blues club. Goaltender Braden Holtby was perfect after the game’s opening eight minutes.

Minus: Chandler Stephenson skated more than twelve minutes tonight and was unable to move the needle Washington’s way.

And now, this...

Nine more notes on the game.

  1. 53 seconds into the contest David Perron patiently whipped a puck across the slot that allowed Sammy Blais to one touch the puck up and over Holtby’s right shoulder.
  2. Perron’s pass scooted within stick reach of three defenders - Lars Eller, Dmitry Orlov, and (most unimpressively) Nick Jensen.
  3. Alex Pietrangelo extended the Blues’ lead to two seven minutes later with a power play goal. The primary assist came from St. Louis’ newest lineup addition, defenseman Justin Faulk.
  4. But before the first intermission Alex Ovechkin scored his first of the season by beating Jordan Binnington high and far side. Ovechkin danced around Jay Bouwmeester in the slot and then ripped his shot beyond Binnington’s right elbow.
  5. Early in the second frame Holtby stared down Robert Thomas on a partial breakaway and made an impressive save to keep the Capitals within one. Holtby was equally excellent a few seconds later, silencing the Blues’ second man advantage opportunity of the evening.
  6. Washington would respond with a power play goal of their own late in the second period. Orlov wired the puck from the point and it found its way around Binnington from downtown.
  7. Eller registered his second assist of the game (both secondary) on Orlov’s tally. He, John Carlson, and Ryan O’Reilly led all skates with two points each tonight.
  8. A scoreless third period saw both teams prepare for overtime after sixty minutes of play. It was not for lack of effort, though, as Ovechkin had several high quality chances himself. The Captain ended the evening with five shots on goal.
  9. Three minutes into the extra frame Jakub Vrana scored to secure the win for Washington. With time, space, and the puck Vrana took the ice that was given to him and beat Binnington’s glove side to silence St. Louis.