Canadiens win home opener, beat Bruins 6-4
MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals as the Canadiens won their season home opener, 6-4 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
Elsewhere, Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick tied a team shutout record in the win over St. Louis, Ottawa finished strongly to overcome Colorado, and the New York Islanders made it four wins straight to start the season by downing San Jose.
Montreal’s Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists, while Jiri Sekac got his first NHL goal for the Canadiens.
Zdeno Chara, Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Simon Gagne — with his first as a Bruin — scored for Boston. The Bruins led 3-2 before fading late in the second period.
Los Angeles’ goalie Quick notched his 32nd career shutout — matching Rogie Vachon’s franchise record — and the Kings won a shootout to beat St. Louis 1-0.
Quick, who made 43 saves, needed 50 fewer games than Vachon to reach the mark.
Jeff Carter scored the only shootout goal for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won their third straight.
Ottawa’s Clarke MacArthur had the go-ahead score during a three-goal third period that lifted the Senators to a 5-3 win over Colorado.
Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith and David Legwand also scored to help the Senators win their home opener and Chris Neil had an empty-net goal with 1:22 to go.
Alex Tanguay, John Mitchell and Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Avalanche.
New York’s John Tavares scored the decisive goal of the shootout to help the Islanders beat San Jose 4-3 and remain unbeaten.
San Jose’s Logan Couture and New York’s Kyle Okposo traded goals earlier in the shootout before Tavares beat Alex Stalock in the fifth round and San Jose’s Joe Thornton missed on his turn.
San Jose’s Tomas Hertl had tied the tense game late in the third after goals by Okposo and Josh Bailey earlier in the period put the Islanders up 3-2.
The New York Ranger also won after a shootout, beating Carolina 2-1, with goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopping 29 shots through overtime, and then all three attempts in the shootout.
Dallas’ Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal with 2.9 seconds remaining to lift the Stars to a 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh.
Washington handed New Jersey its first loss of the season, with Alex Ovechkin scoring for the third straight game in a 6-2 victory for the Capitals.