In Washington’s first game against the defending Stanley Cup Champions Tampa Bay bested the Capitals 2 to 1 in overtime.
Here’s Saturday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Lars Eller skated in his 800th career NHL game (and his 358th with Washington).
Minus: Martin Fehervary was noticeable at the wrong moment a couple of times tonight.
Nine more notes on the game:
- With two minutes to play in the first period Alex Killorn put the puck behind Vitek Vanecek for an early lead. The Capitals challenged the goal, citing that the puck went off the safety netting, and their assertion was confirmed upon review.
- Washington carried a majority of the play early, outshooting their guests 10 to 4 through the game’s first twenty minutes.
- Corey Perry, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman has excellent opportunities in the second period but Vanecek surprised everyone with some impressive stops.
- Washington’s second man advantage (and the Lightning’s first) would come up empty handed in the middle frame.
- But before the second intermission Alex Ovechkin whipped the puck through Andrei Vasilevskiy’s legs to give the Capitals the first lead of the contest.
- Mikhail Sergachev drew the Lightning even again in the third. From a full sixty feet the defenseman’s shot found its way up and over Vanecek.
- With five minutes to play Washington went on the power play again. Despite some excellent puck movement Tampa Bay turned aside several strong chances to keep the game knotted at one.
- Both clubs would earn a standings point and the Capitals skated into overtime for the first time this season.
- Steven Stamkos ended the affair at 64:45 with an elite shot that hit the back of the net from the right faceoff circle.