NHL roundup: Rask, Bruins stop Rangers in opener
Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for Boston in his first game after taking over for two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, and the Bruins beat the New York Rangers, 3-1, in the lockout-delayed season opener on Saturday night.
Milan Lucic and Daniel Paille scored for Boston, which won the Northeast Division last year before losing in the first round of the playoffs. Rask backed up Thomas during the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup run and inherited the job when the enigmatic goalie decided to take a year off to rest.
Brad Richards scored for the Rangers on an assist from Rick Nash, the former Columbus star who was New York's biggest acquisition over the summer. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for the Rangers, who finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season but lost in the conference finals to the New Jersey Devils.
Devils 2, Islanders 1 — In Uniondale, N.Y., David Clarkson's goal at 8:17 of the third period sent New Jersey to a win over New York.
Travis Zajac also scored for New Jersey. Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots to increase his NHL wins record to 657.
Travis Hamonic had New York's goal, a power-play score at 7:12 of the third. Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for the Islanders.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano missed the game “due to medical reasons.”
Blues 6, Red Wings 0 — In St. Louis, Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in his NHL debut and Chris Stewart also had a pair of goals to help St. Louis manhandle Detroit.
Coach Ken Hitchcock, general manager Doug Armstrong and goalies Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott posed at center ice with postseason trophies earned from last season's Central Division championship team shortly before the opening faceoff. A standing room crowd of 20,035 roared throughout the opener.
There was a moment of silence in tribute to Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial prior to the third period.
Senators 4, Jets 1 — In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist, and Ottawa spoiled the Jets' home opener.
Milan Michalek, Kyle Turris and Chris Neil, with the game-winner in the second period, scored Ottawa's other goals.
Craig Anderson stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced for the Senators, while Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec faced 37 shots.
Lightning 6, Capitals 3 — In Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis and Eric Brewer each scored two goals as Tampa Bay beat Washington.
St. Louis added an assist, while Vincent Lecavalier and Cory Conacher also scored goals for the Lightning.
Joel Ward scored twice and Wojtek Wolski also had a goal for the Capitals, who lost in Adam Oates' NHL coaching debut.
Maple Leafs 2, Canadiens 1 — In Montreal, Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozek scored power-play goals as Toronto edged Montreal.
The Maple Leafs went 2 for 5 with the man-advantage and held Montreal to 1 for 5 on Brian Gionta's goal — and that was the difference in a sloppily played game by both clubs.
Michael Kostka, playing his first NHL game at 27 years old, earned an assist on Kadri's goal and was second only to fellow defenseman Dion Phaneuf in ice time for the Maple Leafs in a strong debut performance.
Blue Jackets 3, Predators 2, SO — In Nashville, Tenn., Derick Brassard scored in the sixth round of a shootout, and Columbus defeated Nashville for its fifth victory to start a season and a very rare win over their Central Division foe.
Stars 4, Coyotes 3 — In Dallas, Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner in his Dallas debut, and the Stars defeated Phoenix.
Panthers 5, Hurricanes 1 — In Sunrise, Fla., Jonathan Huberdeau's first NHL shot resulted in his first NHL goal and opened an early Florida scoring barrage, as the Panthers unfurled their Southeast Division championship banner and went on to ease past Carolina.
Wild 4, Avalanche 2 — In St. Paul, Minn. — Dany Heatley had two power-play goals on assists from new teammate Zach Parise, and the offense-enhanced Minnesota Wild surged into its much-anticipated season.