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Postby kaisy on Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:30 am

TAMPA, Fla. Frank Kearse Jersey . -- The Tampa Bay Lightning fulfilled coach Guy Bouchers plan for starting the season after a shortened training camp. Martin St. Louis and Eric Brewer each scored two goals as the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 6-3 in the season opener for both teams Saturday night. The Lightning broke a tie by scoring three unanswered goals in the third period. "I really believe in game shape and chemistry ... we focused so much on it," Boucher said. "You could feel it at the end of the second period. I really believe that was the difference." NHL teams had around just one week of formal preseason work after the four-month lockout ended earlier this month, but the Lightning appeared on top of their game. 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. "I think some of the mistakes came from conditioning," Oates said. "We got tired at times. The game went in waves." 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. "5-on-3, at that time of the game, youve got to score," St. Louis said. "If you dont score, it might haunt you." Conacher, who had an assist in his 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. The announced crowd for the first Tampa Bay home game this season was a sellout of 19,204. The Lightning went ahead 3-2 on St. Louis power-play goal from the low slot off a pass from Lecavalier at 5:11 of the second. St. Louis has 25 goals and 71 points in 69 career games against Washington. Wolski made it 3-all while both teams had a player in the penalty box with 1:45 left in the second. Ward scored his second goal to tie it at 2 just 1:59 into the second during a delayed penalty. The right wing didnt have a goal in his final 13 games last season. "You always hope to contribute, for sure," Ward said. "Youre not going to go out there and say Im going to score five or anything, but you try to finish your opportunities if you can. I was fortunate to get a couple." Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead when Brewer stopped a personal 50-game goal drought from the top of the left circle at 6:24 of the first. After Wards in-close goal 8:25 into the game, coming on the Capitals third straight power play, Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 2-1 just 44 seconds later. Capitals defenceman Tom Poti played in an NHL game for the first time since Jan. 12, 2011, and had an assist. Poti has battled physical issues, including a lingering groin injury, over the last two years. Washington star Alex Ovechkin was held without a point. He took all four of his shots in the first. Tampa Bays Steven Stamkos, who had a league-best 60 goals last season, picked up two assists. Teddy Purcell had three assists. "We emphasized that we wanted to start the year quick in a shortened season, and we were able to do that," Stamkos said. Notes: Injured Washington C Brooks Laich did not make the trip. ... Lecavalier played in his 999th NHL game. ... Oates said Ovechkin will be the team captain this season. The assistant captains are Laich, C Nicklas Backstrom and D Mike Green. ... Lightning D Mattias Ohlund, who didnt play last season because of knee injuries, is starting the year on injured reserve. He could also miss all of this season. ... Capitals D Jack Hillen was shaken up after a hard hit in the second by Lecavalier. Hillen, who has an undisclosed upper body injury, was able to skate off the ice on his own. Domenik Hixon Jersey . Now, new White Sox closer Chris Sale is headed to the doctor. Amini Silatolu Jersey . 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Fournel placed sixth in her semi-final race and is no longer in medal contention. She will, however, compete in the B final, which determines places nine to 18. Both final races take place on Day 13 (Aug. 9). The 25-year-old from Lachine, Que., started the day by placing fifth in her heat to advance to the semi-finals. Fournel had a strong start in her semi-final race, staying with the leaders for the first 250 metres before falling back to sixth. The event is not her only competition at London 2012; Fournel will also compete in the womens K-1 200m. With her fast staart times in both of todays races, Fournel could be a contender in the shorter sprint event. Kawann Short Jersey. London 2012 marks Fournels second Olympic Games. She competed in the womens K-4 500m at Beijing 2008, placing 10th. Fournels younger brother, Hugues Fournel, is also paddling in London. He competed with teammate Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, Ont., in the mens K-2 1000m on Day 10 and will also compete in the mens K-2 200m, which is the pairs main event—on Day 14. Advancing to the final race of the womens K-1 500m is Bridgitte Hartley of South Africa, Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine, Danuta Kozak of Hungary, Henriette Hansen of Denmark, Josefa Idem of Italy and Rachel Cawthorn of Great Britain. Anne Rikala of Finland and Sofia Paldanius of Sweden also advance to the final based on their times. The final race is at 5:08am et/ 2:08am pt. on Aug. 9 (Day 13). Watch it live on ' ' '
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