In Washington’s first game against the defending Stanley Cup champions, Tampa Bay beat the Capitals 2-1 in overtime.
Here are the Plus / Minus of Saturday night:
More: Lars Eller was in his 800th career NHL game (and his 358th with Washington).
Less: Martin Fehervary has been spotted at the wrong time on several occasions this evening.
Nine other notes on the game:
- With two minutes to go in the first period, Alex Killorn put the puck behind Vitek Vanecek for an early lead. The Capitals disputed the goal, citing that the puck had come out of the safety net, and their claim was confirmed after review.
- Washington led the majority of the game early, passing their guests 10-4 in the game’s opening twenty minutes.
- Corey Perry, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman have some great chances in the second half, but Vanecek surprised everyone with impressive saves.
- Washington’s second advantage (and the Lightning’s first) would come empty-handed in the middle frame.
- But before the second intermission, Alex Ovechkin whipped the puck between Andrei Vasilevskiy’s legs to give the Capitals the first lead of the game.
- Mikhail Sergachev once again shot the Lightning in the third. At 60 feet, the defender’s shot made its way over Vanecek.
- With five minutes to go, Washington resumed the power play. Despite some excellent puck moves, Tampa Bay missed several good chances to hold the game down to one.
- Both clubs would gain a point in the standings and the Capitals skated in overtime for the first time this season.
- Steven Stamkos ended the case at 64:45 with a sharpshoot that hit the back of the net from the right face-off circle.