Saturday's NHL Capsules
Sunday, October 9, 2011
DENVER (AP) — Johan Franzen broke a tie in the second period, Ty Conklin stopped 29 shots and the Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado 3-0 on Saturday to spoil a night in which the Avalanche retired the jersey of Peter Forsberg.
Henrik Zetterberg scored in the third period and Pavel Datsyuk added a late empty-net goal for the Red Wings, who showed no signs of fatigue playing in the second game of a back-to-back to begin the season.
Conklin was sensational in net as he filled in for Jimmy Howard, who played the night before in Detroit’s win over Ottawa. It was Conklin’s first shutout since last February.
Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves in his Avalanche debut.
In a pregame ceremony, the Avs raised a banner with Forsberg’s name and number to the Pepsi Center rafters, where it will hang alongside those of Joe Sakic (19), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77).
Ducks 2, Rangers 1, SO
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Bobby Ryan scored the only goal in a shootout and the Anaheim Ducks offset New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s spectacular play to beat the Rangers.
Andrew Cogliano opened the scoring for the Ducks midway through the first period, and Brad Richards tied it with 2:15 left in the third period.
Lundqvist, from Sweden, kept the Rangers close and rewarded the sellout crowd with an outstanding game in the net, stopping 27 of 28 shots. Jonas Hiller made 14 saves for Anaheim.
Both teams opened the season with losses Friday night. Buffalo beat Anaheim 4-1 in Helsinki, and Los Angeles topped New York 3-2 in overtime in Stockholm.
Sabres 4, Kings 2
BERLIN (AP) — Luke Adam scored twice in a 2:20 span early in the second period to help Buffalo beat Los Angeles in the first NHL game in Germany.
Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford also scored, Ryan Miller made 31 saves, and Austrian star Thomas Vanek had two assists for Buffalo. Anze Kopitar scored twice for Los Angeles. He had a goal and an assist Friday night in the Kings’ overtime victory over the New York Rangers in Stockholm.
Bruins 4, Lightning 1
BOSTON (AP) — Rich Peverley scored twice and Brad Marchand assisted on both to lead Boston over Tampa Bay and give the Stanley Cup champions its first win this season.
Tim Thomas made 25 saves for the Bruins in the rematch of the Eastern Conference finals. Boston won that series — with Thomas posting a 1-0 shutout in Game 7 — and went on to earn its first NHL title since 1972.
Tyler Seguin also had a pair of assists for Boston, which raised its sixth championship banner on Thursday night before losing to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1.
Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, and Mathieu Garon stopped 38 shots.
Maple Leafs 6, Senators 5
TORONTO (AP) — Phil Kessel had three goals and an assist and Toronto held off Ottawa for its second victory in two games this season.
Joffrey Lupul had a goal and two assists, Mikhail Grabovski and Colton Orr also scored, and James Reimer made 27 saves for Toronto, which led 5-1 midway through the third period.
Daniel Alfredsson scored twice for the Senators, coming off a 5-3 loss in Detroit on Friday night. Colin Greening, Jason Spezza and Stephane Da Costa, with his first in NHL goal, also scored, and Erik Karlsson had three assists.
Alex Auld took the loss in relief for Ottawa after allowing two goals in the third period. Craig Anderson started and gave up four goals on 20 shots through two periods.
Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Green scored a power-play goal 2:24 into overtime and Washington won its 10th straight home opener.
Green’s drive from the top of the right circle trickled between goaltender Brian Boucher’s legs for the Capitals, who haven’t lost their first regular season game at home since Oct. 6, 2000, against the Los Angeles Kings.
Alexander Semin and Jason Chimera scored second-period goals for the Capitals, and Brooks Laich tallied in the third period.
Michal Neuvirth had 28 saves for Washington as the surprise starter over veteran free agent signing Tomas Vokoun.
Eric Staal had a pair of power-play goals for Carolina, and Jussi Jokinen sent the game to overtime with a late goal. Brian Boucher made 32 saves for the Hurricanes.
Flyers 3, Devils 0
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves and Philadelphia spoiled another home opener with a win over New Jersey.
The Flyers started the season on Thursday with a 2-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins in Boston. Philadelphia improved to 2-0 with the victory at the Prudential Center.
Claude Giroux, Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds provided the goals to support Bryzgalov.
The Flyers win spoiled Peter DeBoer’s debut as Devils coach. Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for New Jersey.
Wild 4, Blue Jackets 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dany Heatley didn’t take long to make an impact for Minnesota, giving his new team a power-play goal and an assist in a season-opening victory over Columbus.
Heatley, acquired in a summer trade with San Jose, gave the Wild a 3-0 lead when he one-timed a pass threaded into slot traffic by Pierre-Marc Bouchard midway through the second period, drawing the loudest cheer of the night from the sellout crowd of 19,040.
After a defensive lapse later in that frame, when Derek Dorsett beat him to the crease and found Aaron Johnson’s rebound to knock in the puck for the first score for the Blue Jackets, Heatley responded less than a minute later. He zipped a perfect cross-ice pass to Devin Setoguchi, another key acquisition from the Sharks, for a textbook two-on-one goal and a 4-1 Wild lead.
Defenseman Marco Scandella scored his first career goal on a power play in the first period after Matt Cullen put the Wild on the board just 70 seconds into their season.
Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves, letting in a late rebound goal by Maksim Mayorov, but the Blue Jackets misfired often on their best scoring chances. R.J. Umberger’s backhander on an open net in the second period hit the post.
Predators 4, Blues 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Legwand had two goals and two assists as the Nashville Predators ended a lengthy scoring slump against Jaroslav Halak with a victory that spoiled St. Louis’ opener.
Kevin Klein got the go-ahead goal at 13:14 of the third, less than a minute after Jason Arnott tied it only four seconds into a tripping penalty call on Cal O’Reilly. Legwand added an empty-netter.
Pekka Rinne was strong in net and Craig Smith had a goal and two assists for the Predators, starting the season strong with a pair of road victories on consecutive nights coming off their first appearance in the Western Conference semifinals. They won despite getting outshot 33-16, scoring three times on just five shots in the third.
Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues.
Blackhawks 5, Stars 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Dave Bolland scored two goals while Andrew Brunette, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp each had one to lead Chicago over Dallas.
Vernon Fiddler and Steve Ott scored for the Stars, who were outplayed for most of the game by the energized Blackhawks before a crowd of 21,674.
Chicago ended a four-game losing streak against Dallas by taking the second contest of a home-and-home set. The Stars had won 2-1 Friday night in Dallas in both clubs’ season openers.
Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 19 saves.
Dallas’ Andrew Raycroft stopped 26 shots.
Panthers 2, Islanders 0
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Stephen Weiss and Jason Garrison scored and Jose Theodore made 27 saves to lead Florida over New York.
Brian Campbell added two assists as the Panthers won in Kevin Dineen’s first game as an NHL head coach. Theodore’s shutout was the 31st of his career.
Al Montoya got the start in net for the Islanders and finished with 27 saves for New York.