PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots for his 250th NHL victory and franchise-record 24th shutout, and Sidney Crosby scored in Pittsburgh’s two-goal first period to lead the Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Chuck Kobasew and Craig Adams added goals for the Penguins, who took control early.
Kobasew and Crosby scored less than four minutes apart in the first, and Adams made it 3-0 midway through the third to celebrate his 800th career game in style.
Cory Schneider made 18 saves for the Devils. Schneider’s start marked the first time in 19 years Martin Brodeur didn’t play in the season opener for New Jersey. Brodeur is expected to start Friday at home against the New York Islanders.
BRUINS 3, LIGHTNING 1
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Kelly scored on a penalty shot, and Patrice Bergeron also had a short-handed goal as Boston opened defense of its Eastern Conference championship with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Kelly was hooked from behind about eight minutes in while Boston was killing off a penalty, and he converted the one-on-one with goalie Anders Lindback.
Boston also killed a 5-on-3 power play in the first period and another in the third.
Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for Boston, which reached the Stanley Cup finals last season for the second time in three years.
Lindback stopped 22 shots for the Lightning.
Milan Lucic also scored for Boston. David Krejci, who was a game-time decision with back spasms, had the team’s only assist.
CAPITALS 5, FLAMES 4, SO
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist and then scored in the shootout for Washington, which rallied from an early three-goal deficit to beat Calgary in the Flames’ season opener.
Washington’s Michal Neuvirth, who replaced an ineffective Braden Holtby, made 27 saves and stopped Sven Baertschi and Jiri Hudler in the shootout.
Marcus Johansson assisted on all three second-period goals for the Capitals, who earned their first win after dropping the opener to defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago on Tuesday.
Connor Carrick and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for Washington.
David Jones, Lee Stempniak, Hudler and Lance Bouma had goals for Calgary. Karri Ramo made 35 saves.