BOSTON (AP) — BOSTON (AP) — Chris Kelly scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:51 left in the third period, and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in their season opener Wednesday night.
Reilly Smith also scored for Boston, which finished with the best record in the NHL last season but couldn’t get past the second round of the playoffs.
Sean Couturier scored for Philadelphia, and Steve Mason stopped 31 shots.
It was 1-all when Mason deflected Adam McQuaid’s slap shot from the blue line into the air. The puck came down in the crease, and Kelly swiped it in.
SHARKS 4, KINGS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tommy Wingels scored two goals, Antti Niemi made 34 saves in his 28th career shutout, and San Jose crashed the Stanley Cup banner celebration in Los Angeles.
The Kings raised their championship banner to the Staples Center rafters in a pregame ceremony commemorating their 26-game playoff run to their second title in three years. Los Angeles started that charge by rallying from a 3-0 series deficit in the first round against the Sharks, who exacted a bit of belated revenge.
Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist. Wingels and Matt Nieto scored 14 seconds apart in a three-goal second period that sent the Sharks to their NHL-best fifth straight season-opening victory.
Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots for the Kings, but was replaced by Martin Jones in the third period.
The home team had won 20 of the last 22 games in this rivalry.
CANADIENS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Tomas Plekanec banked a shot off Toronto defenseman Stuart Percy’s skate with 43 seconds left to lift Montreal past the Maple Leafs in their season opener.
Plekanec scored his second goal of the game after Morgan Rielly tied it for Toronto with 2:19 to play.
P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal, and Carey Price made 24 saves.
Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak added goals for Toronto, and Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots.
Plekanec tied it 2-all at 4:34 of the second period, beating Bernier with a backhander. Subban gave the Canadiens the lead at 8:41 of the third period with a shot from the high slot.
CANUCKS 4, FLAMES 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Miller made 23 saves in his Vancouver debut, and the Canucks beat Calgary to give new coach Willie Desjardins a victory in his first game at the helm.
Zack Kassian scored for Vancouver to snap a 1-all tie early in the second period, and Radim Vrbata made it a two-goal cushion at 11:07. Vrbata’s goal was initially waived off for a high stick, but the call was changed following a replay review.
Alex Burrows also scored and captain Henrik Sedin added an empty-net goal for the Canucks, who extended their winning streak against Calgary to eight games in a row.
Paul Byron and Jiri Hudler had the goals for the Flames.