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St. Louis Blues V Washington Capitals

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) drops to his knees as he shoots and scores during the first period of the St. Louis Blues season opener against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at the Enterprise Center. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

The Blues came out flying after banner-raising ceremony, taking a quick 2-0 lead on Washington, and then came back to earth and lost 3-2 in overtime on a goal by Jakub Vrana at Enterprise Center.

Vrana scored 2:51 into the extra period, skating the puck from one side of the rink to the other before getting space against Ryan O'Reilly and beating Jordan Binnington. The Blues got a point, which puts them one ahead of where they were after last season's season opener, a 5-1 loss to Winnipeg.

Sammy Blais left the game in the third period after being caught under the chin by T.J. Oshie. Coach Craig Berube said Blais returned late in the game, though he didn't appear on the ice. Blais had been playing well up to that point, and he led the team in hits with six.

The game apart in the second period for the Blues. Washington tied the game with 7:32 to go in the second on a power play goal by Dmitry Orlov that hit the stick of Alexander Steen and then fluttered its way over the shoulder of a frustrated Jordan Binnington. 

"We turned the puck over a lot," coach Craig Berube said. "They played quick, got it in on us, went to work and they just had a bunch of zone time on us. When we got it back, we turned it over at the blueline, they countered on us, here they come again, we were on our heels for quite some time till probably five minutes to go in that period. We were OK then."

"Once they got the momentum," O'Reilly said, "they did the right thing at the right time and we couldn't get our feet back going again and change the momentum like we needed to."

"We weren't quite as aggressive," captain Alex Pietrangelo said. "They were trying to stretch us out. We just kind of got on our heels. We have to find a way to stay on our toes and stay aggressive."

The Blues scored just 53 seconds into their season on a goal by Blais, who finished off a pass from David Perron. Then Pietrangelo made it 2-0 on a power-play goal, hitting a one-timer off a pass from new defensive partner Justin Faulk.

"I liked the start for sure," Berube said. "Guys fed off the start of the game and what went on. After that, we weren't the same."

Alex Ovechkin scored with 4:23 to go in the period to get the Caps on the board.

After a brief flurry of chances The second period was all about the Capitals, who at one point had 14 consecutive shots on goal and outshot the Blues 15-8. 

Letting two-goal leads getaway was an early hallmark of last season. The difference between early in the season and late was that later in the season, when they lost a two-goal lead, they would come back to win. Early on, they didn't.

It hasn't been a great night on the faceoff dot for the Blues, who are at 45 percent after two periods, though that's an improvement since they were at 29 percent after the first period.