Sabres 2, Canadiens 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. ” Ales Kotalik and Drew Stafford scored shootout goals to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over Montreal on Friday night, spoiling the Montreal Canadiens’ start to their 100th season.
Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal in regulation in the Sabres’ season-opener and goalie Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots through overtime and didn’t allow a goal on the two shots he faced in the shootout.
Miller got his pad out to foil Robert Lang’s attempt to stuff a shot inside the right post. The game ended when Saku Koivu had the puck roll of his stick.
Lang scored the lone goal for Montreal.
Thrashers 7, Capitals 4
ATLANTA ” Bryan Little had two goals, including the go-ahead score in the third period, to lead Atlanta past Washington.
Capitals goalie Jose Theodore didn’t make it through the second period of his debut with the team, giving up four goals before he was pulled. However, Mike Green scored two goals on one power play in the second period as the Capitals rallied from deficits of 3-1 and 4-2 for a 4-4 tie.
The tie held until Little and Colby Armstrong scored in a span of 29 seconds in the third period for Atlanta. Ron Hainsey, Marty Reasoner, Slava Kozlov and Todd
White also scored for the Thrashers.
Alexander Semin and David Steckel also scored for Washington.
Devils 2, Islanders 1
NEWARK, N.J. ” Martin Brodeur stopped a penalty shot and finished with 25 saves and New Jersey spoiled Scott Gordon’s NHL coaching debut with the Islanders.
Patrik Elias and Zach Parise scored for the Devils to help Brodeur record his 539th career victory, 12 shy of the NHL mark held by Patrick Roy.
Doug Weight scored for the Islanders and Joey MacDonald made 27 saves in filling in for longtime starter Rick DiPietro, who had only played in one preseason game while working his way back from surgery.
Rangers 4, Blackhawks 2
NEW YORK ” Brandon Dubinsky scored once and added two assists, and newcomers Wade Redden, Aaron Voros and Nikolai Zherdev also scored for the Rangers.
Fresh off last weekend’s season-opening, two-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Czech Republic, the Rangers showed no signs of jet lag in winning their home opener and starting 3-0 for the first time since 1989.
Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith had Chicago’s goals.
Hurricanes 6, Panthers 4
RALEIGH, N.C. ” Joni Pitkanen and Dan LaCouture scored in their Carolina debut to lead the Hurricanes past Florida.
Rod Brind’Amour, Tuomu Ruutu and Ray Whitney scored, Matt Cullen added an empty-net goal, Tim Gleason had three assists and Frantisek Kaberle added two to help Carolina rally from an early two-goal deficit.
Nathan Horton made it a one-goal game with 8:29 left by beating Carolina’s Cam Ward with a wrist shot. Ward stopped the final four shots he faced, and Cullen’s goal with 26.4 seconds left sealed the Hurricanes’ first season-opening victory at home since 2001.
Radek Dvorak, David Booth and former Hurricane Cory Stillman also scored for Florida.
Blues 5, Predators 2
ST. LOUIS ” Keith Tkachuk scored two power-play goals, and Brad Boyes and David Backes also scored with the man advantage to lead St. Louis.
Barrett Jackman had an even-strength goal for the Blues, who won their season opener for the first time since 1996 and ended a five-game losing streak against Nashville. St. Louis, last in the NHL with a 14.1-percent success rate last season while finishing 14th in the Western Conference, was 4-for-6 overall on the power play.
Ryan Suter and Joel Ward scored for the Predators.
Blue Jackets 5, Stars 4, OT
DALLAS ” Rick Nash scored from the slot with 20 seconds left in overtime to lift Columbus.
The Blue Jackets, who won for only the second time in 19 games against the Stars, had gone ahead by scoring three goals in less than a 5-minute span of the third period. Kristian Huselius, one of six players making their debuts with the Blue Jackets, knocked a rebound past Marty Turco just 2 1/2 minutes into the third period to start the scoring surge.
But Brad Richards and Trevor Daley later scored only 33 seconds apart for the Stars to tie the game. Brenden Morrow amd James Neal also scored for Dallas.
Jakub Voracek, Andrew Murray and Derick Brassard had the Blue Jackets’ other goals.
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