By Lewis Gould
Jakub Vrana scored at 2:51 of overtime to give the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues.
Vrana beat Jordan Binnington with a wrist shot to the upper corner for his first point in five career games against the Blues.
Alex Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov also scored, and Braden Holtby made 21 saves for the Capitals.
Sammy Blais and Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues, and Binnington made 31 saves.
The Blues started their title defense in style with Blais scoring on the first shot of the game just 53 seconds in. David Perron carried the puck below the right circle and feathered a pass between two defenders to setup Blais’ one-timer. Ryan O’Reilly got a secondary assist for his 500th career point.
Pietrangelo made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 7:55 of the first. Justin Faulk, playing in his first game for the Blues, set up the one-timer.
Ovechkin got the Capitals on the board with 4:23 left in the first. He entered the Blues’ zone, made a nifty move between three defenders and beat Binnington with a wrist shot.
Orlov tied it on a power play with 7:32 left in the second. He blasted a slap shot from above the right circle directly off of a faceoff.