Chicago spoils LA’s
When the Los Angeles Kings were finished raising the banner commemorating their Stanley Cup title of last season and receiving their rings Saturday, the Blackhawks reminded the champs that what happened last year won’t help the Kings in this shortened NHL season.
Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist as Chicago crashed the Kings’ sold-out party with a 5-2 win. In fact, every NHL game Saturday was sold out as play began after the long labor-related lockout. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist for the ’Hawks, who jumped to a 3-0 lead.
“We wanted to have a good start,” Toews said. “... We had a great first period.”
LA goalie Jonathan Quick struggled in his first game since winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the top player in the playoffs and getting a 10-year, $58 million contract extension
“As the ceremony was going on, most of our guys were thinking about the game,’’ he said. “But obviously you’re going to take a moment, and it’s a special moment.”
Penguins 3, Flyers 1 • Tyler Kennedy and James Neal scored to lead Pittsburgh past Philadelphia. Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers.
Stars 4, Coyotes 3 • Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner in his Dallas debut.
Devils 2, Islanders 1 • David Clarkson’s goal in the third period sent New Jersey by New York. Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots to increase his NHL wins record to 657. NY coach Jack Capuano missed the game “due to medical reasons.”
Bruins 3, Rangers 1 • Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots in his first game after taking over for goalie Tim Thomas to help Boston win. Thomas is taking a year off to rest.
Blue Jackets 3, Predators 2 (SO) • Derick Brassard scored in the sixth round of a shootout to help Columbus beat Nashville.
Senators 4, Jets 1 • Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists in Ottawa’s win. Dustin Byfuglien scored Winnipeg.
Lightning 6, Capitals 3 • Martin St. Louis and Eric Brewer each scored twice as Tampa Bay spoiled Adam Oates’ NHL coaching debut.
Maple Leafs 2, Canadiens 1 • Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozek scored power-play goals to help Toronto beat Montreal.
Panthers 5, Hurricanes 1 • Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists in his NHL debut to help Florida prevail.
Wild 4, Avalanche 2 • Dany Heatley scored twice to help Minnesota prevail.
Ducks 7, Canucks 3 •Teemu Selanne hadfour points to help Anaheim rip Vancouver.
Bold denotes home team.