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NHL apologises to Golden Knights for controversial penalty call

The NHL has apologised to the Vegas Golden Knights for the penalty call that contributed to their playoff exit to the San Jose Sharks.

With the Golden Knights leading 3-0 midway through the third period of the Game 7 decider at SAP Center on Tuesday, Cody Eakin was handed a five-minute major penalty for cross-checking Joe Pavelski.

The Sharks subsequently scored four goals in that period to turn the game on its head and ultimately advanced after overtime.

Vegas players and staff later criticised the severity of the costly call, with Jonathan Marchessault branding it “embarrassing”, and the league responded.

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee said on Thursday: “The league did reach out and apologise.

“[The officials] made a mistake and I’m sure they feel bad about it. They want to get things right, like we all do when we’re doing our jobs.”

Eakin added: “Everyone saw the play and knows what happened. We can’t think about it anymore really.”

Vegas had reached the Stanley Cup Finals in their debut 2017-18 campaign, losing to the Washington Capitals.

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First-place Jets host surging Panthers

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Dustin Byfuglien may have had a fun time Friday night, singing along to the in-game songs and clapping for his teammates as they ran away with a 6-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, but don’t expect him to be content spending 17 consecutive minutes in the penalty box Sunday when the Florida Panthers come to town.

The Winnipeg Jets defenseman took exception to rookie A.J. Greer giving his captain Blake Wheeler a few crosschecks with just a few seconds left in the second period and quickly dropped his gloves to teach him a lesson. Even though he lost his balance momentarily, he laid a beating on the 21-year-old, including landing a number of punches while they were both on the ice and the linesmen were scrambling to separate them.
The hulking rearguard was assessed two minutes for roughing, five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct. So, essentially the third period.
Coach Paul Maurice wasn’t concerned about one of his assistant captains taking matters into his own hands in a game in which his team had a four-goal lead.
“We were just a little concerned that their fourth-line guy was going to take liberties with Blake Wheeler,” Maurice told The Winnipeg Sun. “But Buff picked up on that before anybody else did and closed the gap. I have no problem. Either the referees have to take care of it or you have to take care of it. One of the two. You can’t let it get running around on you.
“In a 4-0 game we want to take care of our players.”
To help pass the time, Byfuglien undid his helmet strap and became a fan, singing and clapping along to John Denver, Neil Diamond and AC/DC, garnering more camera time than most players do while in the sin bin. Videos of him quickly went viral.
The Jets (34-15-9) are 5-2-1 on their season-high 10-game homestand and tied for first in the Central Division with the Nashville Predators.
Despite their lofty status in the standings, the Jets are doing their best to dampen expectations. Wheeler told a media scrum earlier this week that fans and the media needed to “pump the breaks” with all the talk of the Jets being a Stanley Cup threat this season.
The Panthers (26-23-6) flew into Winnipeg right after thumping the Calgary Flames 6-3 at the Saddledome on Saturday night. They are six points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after winning three straight and scoring 17 goals in the process. Florida has won six of its last seven games.
The Panthers’ playoff hopes received a big boost as goaltender Roberto Luongo returned between the pipes for the first time since suffering a groin injury in early Decmeber to stop 30 of 33 shots.
Defenseman Mike Matheson scored twice and center Aleksander Barkov had a goal and two assists.
“Our big guys were the stars,” coach Bob Boughner said in his postgame media scrum

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NHL commissioner Bettman condemns ´reprehensible´ Smith-Pelly abuse

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman described the behaviour of four Chicago Blackhawks fans who directed racist abuse at Devante Smith-Pelly as “reprehensible”.

The fans were ejected from the United Center during Saturday’s game between the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals after heckling Smith-Pelly while he was in the penalty box.

The spectators yelled the word “basketball” at black player Smith-Pelly before being removed from the arena.

Their actions have already been condemned by the Blackhawks and Bettman has now expressed his dismay at the incident.

He said in a statement: “Last night in Chicago, individuals directed racial taunts and abuse at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly.

“The National Hockey League condemns this unacceptable and reprehensible behaviour. The League fully supports the actions taken by the United Center and the Blackhawks to eject the offenders and would expect the same response to any similarly unacceptable behaviour at any of our arenas.

“While this incident was isolated in nature, no player, coach, official or fan should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games.

“The League will take steps to have our clubs remind all stakeholders that they are entitled to enjoy a positive environment – free from unacceptable, inappropriate, disruptive, inconsiderate or unruly behaviours or actions and may not engage in conduct deemed detrimental to that experience.”

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Leafs look to bounce back versus Wings

DETROIT-The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will each be playing the second contest of back-to-back games when they meet Sunday night at Little Caesars Arena.

Toronto (35-20-5) lost to the Penguins 5-3 in Pittsburgh on Saturday night to snap a five-game winning streak, while Detroit (24-24-9) defeated the Predators 3-1 in Nashville.
The Maple Leafs’ Patrick Marleau scored his 20th goal of the season — on the power play — to reach that mark for the 15th time in his career.
“I just try to play as consistent as possible and usually that stuff all evens out,” Marleau said.
He has seven points (three goals and four assists) in his last four games. Center Tyler Bozak and winger Connor Brown had a goal and an assist apiece for Toronto, while goaltender Frederick Andersen made 34 saves.
The game was tied 3-3 after two periods but Pittsburgh scored twice in the third.
“We generated a lot (The Maple Leafs had 32 shots), but three or four of our best chances, I don’t think we got a shot on net,” said Toronto coach Mike Babcock, who formerly coached the Red Wings and won more games than any other coach in the franchise’s history. “In saying that, it was a high event game, I didn’t think either team handled the other team’s forecheck that good, there was a lot of speed out there. If you’re a fan, you had to be entertained with the racing around.”
Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek made 31 saves and was the first star in Saturday’s victory, the Red Wings third in their last four games. Mrazek’s shutout bid was denied when Craig Smith scored a breakaway power-play goal with 5:25 left to make it 2-1.
Defenseman/forward Luke Witkowski, who usually contributes with his size and toughness, got the first goal of his NHL career. He gave Detroit a 1-0 lead when he scored on a breakaway 4:12 into the game on a backhand shot.
“I kind of blacked out a little bit,” Witkowski said. “I got the puck on my backhand and shot it and got it past his blocker. That was cool though, a good building to do it in, too.”
Witkowski had gone 73 games without a goal.
Right winger Gustav Nyquist and forward Darren Helm (empty-netter) also scored for the Red Wings.
“I thought our work ethic was great,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “There was certainly moments (in a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday) where our work ethic was really good, and then there were moments when it wasn’t good enough. We can’t be that. We’ve got to be an every shift work ethic team, and I thought tonight our work ethic was great the whole time.”
Detroit defenseman Mike Green missed the game with an upper-body injury sustained Thursday.
Red Wings center Frans Neilsen, who had an assist Saturday night, has two goals and eight points in his last seven games

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NHL roundup: Panthers end Blues’ streak

SUNRISE, Fla. — Rookie defenseman Ian McCoshen scored his first NHL goal as the Florida Panthers routed the previously undefeated St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Thursday.

The Blues were 4-0-0 for the second time in franchise history but were playing their third road game in four nights. The Panthers (2-1-0) hadn’t played since Saturday.
Roberto Luongo made 37 saves to pick up his first win of the season, Vincent Trocheck scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Jared McCann, Aaron Ekblad and Nick Bjugstad also tallied for Florida. Ekblad, Bjugstad and McCann added assists.
Paul Stastny and Vince Dunn scored and Jake Allen made 33 saves for the Blues.

Lightning 5, Penguins 4
TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay remained perfect at home, holding on for an impressive win against Pittsburgh.
Steven Stamkos scored his first in 11 months, Victor Hedman scored with 0.1 seconds left in the first period, defenseman Slater Koekkoek scored the first two goals of career, Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and Alex Killorn added four assists in an eventful win for the Lightning.
The Penguins got goals from Matt Hunwick, Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel.

Predators 4, Stars 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rookie Samuel Girard scored his first NHL goal and assisted on the tiebreaking goal by Filip Forsberg less than three minutes later as Nashville stopped Dallas.
Pekka Rinne made 30 saves, and Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban also scored for the Predators.
Jamie Benn gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 8:04 of the first period on the power play, and Ben Bishop stopped 27 of 30 shots.

Wild 5, Blackhawks 2
CHICAGO — Chris Stewart scored two goals in the third period, and Minnesota pulled away for a victory over Chicago.
Eric Staal, Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild. Minnesota tallied four goals in the final 9:28 to earn its first victory of the season. Ryan Hartman and Jonathan Toews scored for the Blackhawks, who lost in regulation for the first time this season.
Devan Dubnyk, in his 100th game as a member of the Wild, made 36 saves. The Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford turned aside 29 shots.

Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Luke Glendening scored short-handed with 3:24 remaining, and Detroit rode its penalty kill and timely scoring to beat Arizona.
Seconds after goalie Jimmy Howard made a kick save of Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller’s spin-a-rama shot — denying Arizona (0-3-1) the lead and Keller a hat trick — Glendening worked a two-on-one short-handed break with Dylan Larkin and beat Louis Dominque with a wrist shot.
Frans Nielsen added an empty-net goal with 1:34 to play after Martin Frk and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for Detroit (3-1-0). Howard turned aside 33 shots.

Jets 4, Canucks 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Tyler Myers scored a short-handed goal and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves as Winnipeg defeated Vancouver.
Nikolaj Ehlers, Josh Morrissey and Patrik Laine also scored for the Jets, who won their second consecutive game. Bryan Little had two assists.
Daniel Sedin and Chris Tanev scored for the Canucks. Rookie Brock Boeser collected an assist in his first NHL game.

Sharks 3, Sabres 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Timo Meier broke a 2-2 tie with his first goal of the season as San Jose broke into the win column with a victory over Buffalo.
Meier knocked home the rebound of Joonas Donskoi’s shot from the slot. Tomas Hertl opened the scoring for the Sharks with his first goal of the season at 2:15 of the first period while Chris Tierney gave San Jose a 2-1 lead later in the frame.
Jason Pominville scored twice for the Sabres. The Sharks’ Martin Jones and Buffalo’s Robin Lehner each stopped 23 shots

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NHL roundup: Devils top Leafs to stay unbeaten

TORONTO — Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored two goals, Brian Gibbons scored while killing off a two-man disadvantage, and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Wednesday in a battle of previously unbeaten teams.

Goaltender Cory Schneider made 47 saves for the Devils.
Blake Coleman added a goal for the Devils, and Will Butcher and Adam Henrique had two assists apiece.
James van Riemsdyk, Dominic Moore and Auston Matthews scored for Toronto, and Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 25 shots.

Penguins 3, Capitals 2
WASHINGTON — Patric Hornqvist notched a goal and an assist in his first game of the season, Matt Murray stopped 20 shots, and Pittsburgh defeated Washington.
Kris Letang and Conor Sheary also scored for the Penguins, who converted 3 of 6 power play chances. Hornqvist returned after missing the first three games of the season following a procedure on his right hand in the offseason.
The Capitals’ Christian Djoos, making his NHL debut, had a goal and assisted on Alex Ovechkin’s eighth goal of the season. Braden Holtby made 33 saves for Washington.

Avalanche 6, Bruins 3
DENVER — Sven Andrighetto had two goals, Matt Duchene and Nail Yakupov had a goal and an assist each, and Colorado held off Boston’s third-period rally.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots, Tyson Jost and Alexander Kerfoot also scored, and Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog had two assists apiece for Colorado. The Avalanche swept the home-and-home series with the Bruins.
Brad Marchand, Tim Schaller and Torey Krug scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask, who was pulled after the second period, stopped 22 of 26 shots. Backup Anton Khudobin was a perfect 9-for-9 in the third period.

Flames 4, Kings 3 (OT)
LOS ANGELES — Sean Monahan netted the winner at 1:02 of overtime, and Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals as Calgary defeated Los Angeles.
The Flames swept their two-game California road trip and won for the fourth time in their past six games against the Kings. Calgary’s Mike Smith stopped 42 shots and improved his career record to 16-8-1 against Los Angeles. Michael Frolik added a goal for the Flames.
The Kings got two goals and an assist from Dustin Brown plus a goal and an assist from Anze Kopitar. Jonathan Quick stopped 33 shots.

Ducks 3, Islanders 2
ANAHEIM, Calif — Anaheim failed to score on four power plays, making the Ducks 0-for-15 on the season, but got goals from three different players and 39 saves from John Gibson to snap a two-game losing streak.
The Islanders failed to score on five power plays and are 0-and-15 to open the season. They lost despite finishing with a 41-30 edge in shots.
Andrew Cogliano, Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves scored for the Ducks, who took the lead for good at 2-1 in the second period. Brock Nelson had two goals for New York, and Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves

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NHL roundup: Golden Knights win home opener, stay unbeaten

LAS VEGAS — James Neal continued his hot start with a pair of goals and Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his third win in net with 31 saves to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes in the team’s first-ever home game Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena.

The Golden Knights (3-0-0) became the first NHL expansion team to win its first three games. The California Seals and Los Angeles Kings started their franchises with two wins before they tied each other in their third game in 1967.
Tomas Nosek, Deryk Engelland and Oscar Lindberg also scored for the Golden Knights and Tobias Rieder and Kevin Connauton had the Coyotes goals.

Predators 6, Flyers 5
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Filip Forsberg scored on the power play at 19:24 of the third period, capping a rally from a two-goal, third-period deficit as Nashville stunned Philadelphia.
Scott Hartnell tied it on a six-on-three power play at 18:43 after Philadelphia took two minors on the same sequence and the Predators pulled their goalie.
After the goal, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol challenged for offside and lost, giving the Predators another power play for delay of game under a new rule.
Forsberg squeezed his second goal of the night and third of the year past Brian Elliott from the left circle to prevent Nashville from losing a game in which it blew a 3-0 lead.

Blackhawks 3, Canadiens 1
MONTREAL — Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford, playing in his hometown, spoiled Montreal’s home opener, making 41 saves in the Blackhawks’ win. Crawford improved his record against the Canadiens to 8-0-2.
Alex DeBrincat, who got his first goal in the NHL; Brandon Saad, who scored his fifth goal of the season; and Artem Anisimov scored for the Blackhawks, who remained undefeated in regulation time (3-0-1).
Tomas Plekanec scored for the Canadiens, who have scored four goals in regulation and overtime this season. Carey Price made 22 saves.

Stars 4, Red Wings 2
DALLAS — Mattias Janmark and John Klingberg each had a goal and an assist, and Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots as Dallas earned its first win of the season, beating Detroit.
Tyler Seguin and Martin Hanzal also scored for the Stars, who got coach Ken Hitchcock his 782nd career victory, tying him with Al Arbour for third-most in NHL history.
Justin Abdelkader and Anthony Mantha scored for the Red Wings. Detroit’s Mike Green had two assists.

Blue Jackets 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT)
RALEIGH, N.C. — Sonny Milano scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway with 31 seconds remaining in overtime as Columbus defeated Carolina.
Jeff Skinner scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes for his first goal of the season.
Milano is the second player in Blue Jackets history to score goals in each of the team’s first three games of a season. He matched the feat first accomplished by Kristian Huselius at the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

Blues 3, Rangers 1
NEW YORK — Carl Gunnarsson scored 15 seconds into the game, and St. Louis went on to victory over New York.
Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz also scored, and Carter Hutton made 32 saves in his first start of the season for the Blues (4-0-0).
Kevin Shattenkirk scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves for the Rangers.

Senators 3, Canucks 2 (SO)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Mark Stone scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give Ottawa a win over Vancouver.
Cody Ceci and Ryan Dzingel scored in regulation for the Senators.
Thomas Vanek scored for the Canucks and played a role in Chris Tanev’s goal. Henrik Sedin had two assists for Vancouver.
Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 40 shots, while the Senators’ Craig Anderson made 26 saves

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NHL roundup: Flames end 13-year skid at Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund registered goals, and Mike Smith made 43 saves as the Calgary Flames ended an NHL-record losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

The Flames had dropped 25 consecutive games in Anaheim — with their last victory at Honda Center coming on Jan. 19, 2004. Calgary logged its first road win of the season.
Smith posted his 34th career shutout and was especially strong in the second and third periods, stopping a combined 34 Anaheim attempts.
The Ducks lost their second consecutive home game and failed to convert on five power-play attempts. Anaheim goalie John Gibson made 27 saves.

Avalanche 4, Bruins 0
BOSTON — Semyon Varlamov stopped all 29 shots he faced in Colorado’s win over Boston.
Colorado hasn’t lost in Boston since March 30, 1998. The Avalanche own 11 wins and a tie since their last road loss to the Bruins.
Nail Yakupov scored his first two goals with his new team, and Sven Andrighetto and J.T. Compher each scored their first of the season. Varlamov notched his 22nd career shutout.

Blues 3, Islanders 2 (SO)
NEW YORK — Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn scored in the shootout for St. Louis, which survived a furious third-period comeback by New York to earn a win.
Tarasenko scored twice in the second period for the Blues, who killed all five penalties they incurred and are perfect through three games for the second straight season.
Goalie Jake Allen made 40 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping both shots he faced in the shootout.

Maple Leafs 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT)
TORONTO — Auston Matthews scored at 3:43 at overtime, and Toronto came back to defeat the Chicago and remain undefeated after three games.
It was the first loss of the season for the Blackhawks (2-0-1).
The Maple Leafs trailed 3-1 before getting goals from Connor Brown and James van Riemsdyk in less than a three-minute span in the third period. Goaltender Anton Forsberg made 39 stops in his Blackhawks debut. Frederik Andersen made 18 saves in the Toronto goal.

Devils 6, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A four-goal burst in the second period led New Jersey to a win over Buffalo.
Marcus Johansson and Jesper Bratt each had two goals and an assist and Stefan Noesen and Brian Gibbons also scored for New Jersey. Cory Schneider made 23 saves for the Devils.
Evander Kane scored twice for Buffalo. Chad Johnson allowed six goals on 22 shots before being replaced by Robin Lehner to open the third period.

Lightning 4, Capitals 3 (OT)
TAMPA, Fla. — Brayden Point’s power-play goal at 3:08 of overtime lifted Tampa Bay past Washington.
Point scored his third goal of the season in the final seconds of a power play, redirecting a shot by Nikita Kucherov, who scored the tying goal midway through the third period. Newcomer Chris Kunitz scored his first goal since joining Tampa Bay.
Capitals forward T.J. Oshie scored two power-play goals as Washington built a 3-1 lead in the second period. Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom got his first goal of the season with 3:18 left in the opening period.

Jets 5, Oilers 2
EDMONTON, Alberta — Winnipeg put an end to its losing streak, and extended Edmonton’s, with a gritty and convincing victory.
The Jets built 2-0 and 4-2 leads en route to their first win of the season after giving up 13 goals in their first two games of the year.
Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick, and Dmitry Kulikov and Mark Scheifele added goals in the win. Connor Hellebucyk (37 saves) gave the Jets some much needed clutch goaltending

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NHL roundup: Blackhawks defeat Penguins 10-1

CHICAGO — Brandon Saad scored a hat trick, and Ryan Hartman registered a goal and four assists as the Chicago Blackhawks stormed to a 10-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

Patrick Kane added a goal and three assists as Chicago blitzed the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. The Blackhawks scored 10 goals in a game for the first time since Oct. 12, 1988. Chicago’s Corey Crawford turned aside 28 shots.
Phil Kessel scored for Pittsburgh, which has lost seven in a row to the Blackhawks. The Penguins’ Antti Niemi was pulled midway through the first period after surrendering four goals on 13 shots. Matt Murray replaced Niemi and allowed six goals on 31 shots.

Capitals 5, Senators 4 (SO)
OTTAWA — Alex Ovechkin scored a third-period hat trick and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the shootout winner as Washington defeated Ottawa.
Brett Connolly had the other goal for the Capitals. Mark Stone led the Senators with two goals, while Derick Brassard and Chris Wideman had the others.
Washington’s Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots, while Ottawa’s Craig Anderson made 24 saves. The Senators’ Johnny Oduya left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury.

Ducks 5, Coyotes 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rickard Rakell scored the game-winning goal with 3:30 remaining and Anaheim rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat Arizona.
Rakell blasted a shot through the glove of goaltender Louis Domingue. Corey Perry scored twice while Ondrej Kase and Andrew Cogliano each recorded a goal for the Ducks. Cogliano’s tally came with 6:15 remaining to make it 4-4.
Rookie center Clayton Keller, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 draft, scored his first career goal in his fourth game for the Coyotes, who scored twice on their first six shots. Rookie Christian Fischer scored his fourth career goal in his eighth contest for Arizona. Domingue made 36 saves.

Canadiens 3, Sabres 2 (SO)
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jonathan Drouin scored the lone goal in the shootout to lead Montreal over Buffalo.
Drouin, playing his first game for the Canadiens since being acquired in the offseason from the Tampa Bay Lightning, beat Robin Lehner with a nifty fake, freezing the Sabres goaltender before lifting a backhand shot into the top of the net. Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart came up short on the final attempt.
Max Pacioretty and Phillip Danault scored in regulation for the Canadiens and Carey Price made 43 saves. Jason Pominville scored twice in regulation for the Sabres.

Kings 2, Flyers 0
LOS ANGELES — Trevor Lewis and Tyler Toffoli registered goals, and Jonathan Quick made 35 saves as Los Angeles defeated Philadelphia.
The Kings broke a three-game losing streak in season openers and won their home opener for the first time since 2011-12. John Stevens won his debut as Los Angeles coach against the team he coached for six seasons between 2000 and 2006.
Quick recorded his 45th regular-season shutout. Michal Neuvirth stopped 25 shots for the Flyers.

Red Wings 4, Wild 2
DETROIT — Henrik Zetterberg whipped a wrist shot through the pads of Devan Dubynk midway through the third period, snapping a 2-2 tie and rallying Detroit past Minnesota in the opening game at Little Caesars Arena.
Jimmy Howard made 37 saves in his 200th NHL victory. Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin scored power-play goals on successive shots 23 seconds apart in the second period as the Red Wings enjoyed a five-on-three advantage. Martin Frk added his NHL goal and assist for Detroit.
Joel Eriksson Ek and Chris Stewart scored for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 shots.

Avalanche 4, Rangers 2
NEW YORK — Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves as Colorado — the NHL’s worst team a season ago — opened the season with a victory over New York.
Varlamov had not won since Dec. 11, 2016, as he missed most of last season after undergoing hip surgery. Matt Duchene, Tyson Barrie, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Avalanche, who won just 22 games a year ago.
Mika Zibanejad had both Rangers goals and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 25 shots. Lundqvist went to the bench for an extra attacker with just under two minutes to play before Landeskog scored into the empty net with 2.6 seconds left.

Bruins 4, Predators 3
BOSTON — David Krejci matched a career high with three assists and rookies Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy both posted a goal and an assist, helping Boston defeat Nashville.
David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins, winners of six of their last seven season openers. While DeBrusk was making his NHL debut, McAvoy was in his first regular season game after playing for Boston in the playoffs last season.
Tuukka Rask turned aside 26 shots for the Bruins. Pekka Rinne, who carried the Predators into the Stanley Cup finals, made 28 saves. Ryan Johansen had two assists for Nashville

Final
 
Avalanche 1-0 4
Rangers 0-1 2
Varlamov sharp in goal, makes 37 saves for Avalanche.
Recap Box Score
Tyson Barrie
1 Goal, 1 Assist, 4 Shots
Matt Duchene
1 Goal, 1 Assist
Gabriel Landeskog
1 Goal (EN), 1 Block, 5 Shots
Final

Predators 0-1 3
Bruins 1-0 4
Krejci collects 3 assists for Bruins.
Jake DeBrusk
1 Goal, 1 Assist, 4 Shots
Charlie McAvoy
1 Goal, 1 Assist
David Krejci
3 Assists, 2 Shots
Final (SO)

Canadiens 1-0 3
Sabres 0-0-1 2
Price sharp in goal, makes 43 saves for Canadiens.
Max Pacioretty
1 Goal, 6 Shots
Phillip Danault
1 Goal (SH), 3 Shots
Shea Weber
1 Assist, 4 Blocks, 1 Shot
Final (SO)

Capitals 1-0 5
Senators 0-0-1 4
Ovechkin scores 3rd period hat trick to pace Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin
3 Goals, 1 Block, 6 Shots
Evgeny Kuznetsov
3 Assists, 1 Shot
Brett Connolly
1 Goal
Final

Wild 0-1 2
Red Wings 1-0 4
Green records 4 assists for Red Wings.
Anthony Mantha
1 Goal (PP), 2 Assists
Mike Green
4 Assists, 1 Block
Martin Frk
1 Goal, 1 Assist
Final

Penguins 0-1-1 1
Blackhawks 1-0 10
Blackhawks end it with 5 unanswered goals.
Brandon Saad
3 Goals, 1 Block, 5 Shots
Ryan Hartman
1 Goal, 4 Assists
Nick Schmaltz
2 Goals, 1 Assist, 4 Shots
Final

Coyotes 0-1 4
Ducks 1-0 5
Ducks rattle off 4 unanswered goals to capture the victory.
Corey Perry
2 Goals, 1 Assist, 4 Shots
Andrew Cogliano
1 Goal, 2 Assists
Rickard Rakell
1 Goal, 2 Assists
Final

Flyers 1-1 0
Kings 1-0 2
Kings G Quick records a shutout, stopping 33 shots.