Kris Letang scores in OT, Penguins beat Capitals 7-6
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Letang scored his second goal 1:20 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 7-6 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Letang beat goalie Braden Holtby with a slap shot from the point on a power play. Letang finished with three points, tying Hall of Famer Paul Coffey for the most by a defenseman in team history with 440.
Jake Guentzel also scored twice, Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists, and Derick Brassard and Jamie Oleksiak added goals in Pittsburgh’s opener. Matt Murray made 30 saves.
T.J. Oshie scored twice for Stanley Cup champion Washington, coming off a 7-0 home victory over Boston on Wednesday night in the Capitals’ opener.
Alex Ovechkin had his second of the season and 609th overall, passing Dino Ciccarelli for 18th on the NHL list. Brooks Orpik, Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored.
Malkin scored 2:45 into the third period, putting Pittsburgh ahead by two, but Oshie tied it at 6 with goals 21 seconds apart.
BRUINS 4, SABRES 0
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots and Boston rebounded from a season-opening shutout to beat Buffalo.
Brad Marchand set up all four goals, scored by captain Zdeno Chara, rookie Ryan Donato, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron on an empty-netter. A night after a 7-0 loss at Washington, the Bruins had an easier time against the NHL’s worst team last year.
The new-look Sabres, featuring rookie No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Dahlin and Jack Eichel as captain, more resembled the team that finished last in the standings for the third time in five years. After receiving rousing cheers upon being introduced before the opening faceoff in their season opener, the Sabres were booed off the ice following the first and second periods.
PREDATORS 3, RANGERS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — P.K. Subban broke a tie early in the third period and Nashville beat New York to spol Rangers coach David Quinn’s regular-season debut
Subban fired a one-timer from beyond the inside edge of the right circle in front of the blue line at 3:28. Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons also scored and Pekka Rinne stopped 34 shots for the Predators.
Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich scored and Henrik Lundqvist had 30 saves for the rebuilding Rangers. They missed the playoffs last spring for the first time in eight years.
The Rangers turned up the intensity in the closing minutes before Sissons’ empty-netter with 1:24 left pushed Nashville’s lead to 3-1. Buchnevich scored with 35 seconds remaining.
ISLANDERS 2, HURRICANES 1, OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Josh Bailey scored a power-play goal 43 seconds into overtime, and New York opened the season by beating Carolina.
Valtteri Filppula also scored as the Islanders began the post-John Tavares era by giving Barry Trotz a victory in his debut with the team and spoiling Rod Brind’Amour’s first game behind the Carolina bench.
Trotz took over shortly after leading Washington to its first Stanley Cup, taking over after Doug Weight was fired. Brind’Amour, the captain of Carolina’s Cup-winning team in 2006, replaced Bill Peters after he left for Calgary.
Jordan Staal sent it to OT by scoring a deflected goal with 1:35 remaining in regulation for Carolina, but the Islanders started overtime with a 4-on-3 advantage after Micheal Ferland was called for tripping Mathew Barzal with 3.2 seconds left.
BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 2, OT
DETROIT (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored midway through overtime, lifting Columbus past Detroit in the opener for both teams.
Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson gave Columbus the lead over the first two periods. Rookie Dennis Cholowski and Tyler Bertuzzi tied it for the Red Wings in the second period.
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 18 shots for the Blue Jackets. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 36 saves.
Detroit honored Henrik Zetterberg, whose career is over because of a back ailment, before the game.