Blues Capture Opener, NHL Roundup, News
Published on October 4 2013 10:25 am
Last Updated on October 4 2013 1:46 pm
Written by Millie Lange
Blues Overpower Predators In Opener
(St. Louis, MO) -- The Blues got their 2013-2014 NHL season off to a good start with a 4-2 win over the Predators at the Scottrade Center. David Backes and Alexander Steen tallied a goal and an assist each and Alex Pietrangelo added two assists in the win. Jaroslav Halak finished with 28 saves. Mike Fisher and David Legwand scored goals for Nashville. Pekka Rinne started in net for the Preds but was removed in favor of Carter Hutton after giving up three goals in six shots. Hutton had 22 saves.
Bruins Skate Past Lightning
(Boston, MA) -- The Bruins started their trek towards what they hope is another Stanley Cup Finals appearance with a 3-1 win over the Lightning at TD Garden. Boston scored two shorthanded goals, Chris Kelly in the first period and Patrice Bergeron in the third. Milan Lucic also lit the lamp in the final minute of the second from David Krejci. Tuukka Rask stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced in the victory. Valtteri Filppula lit the lamp for the Lightning. Anders Lindback allowed three goals on 25 shots. Tampa Bay was 0-for-5 on the power play.
Penguins Blank Devils
(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Penguins blanked the Devils, 3-0, at the CONSOL Energy Center in the season opener for both teams. Chuck Kobasew, Sidney Crosby and Craig Adams each scored a goal for the Pens. New Jersey outshot Pitt 27-21 and was 0-for-2 on the power play. Cory Schneider allowed all three goals for the Devils.
Kings Clip Wild In Shootout
(St. Paul, MN) -- Jeff Carter scored the game-winning goal in the second round of the shootout as the Kings clipped the Wild 3-2 in the season opener for both teams at Xcel Energy Center. Anze Kopitar also lit the lamp in the shootout, while Carter and Drew Doughty both scored in regulation for Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick denied 27 of the 29 shots he faced plus stopped both shootout attempts. Matt Cooke and Jonas Brodin both scored for the Wild, who fell to 11-1 in home openers. Niklas Backstrom made 16 saves but allowed goals on both shootout attempts.
Panthers Double Up Stars
(Dallas, TX) -- Marcel Goc scored a pair of third period goals to break a 2-all tie as the Panthers defeated the Stars 4-2 in Dallas. Aleksander Barkov tied the game midway through the final period for Florida, which hosts its end of the two-game home-and-home series in April. Scott Gomez also lit the lamp for the Panthers. Tim Thomas allowed both goals on 27 shots in his Florida debut. Brenden Dillon and Alex Chiasson both scored for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 38 shots for the loss.
Vrbata's Hat Trick Leads Coyotes Past Rangers
(Glendale, AZ) -- Radim Vrbata recorded his fifth career hat trick as the Coyotes cruised to a 4-1 win over the Rangers in the season opener for both teams at Jobing.com Arena. It was Vrbata's second straight hat trick dating back to last season. Kyle Chipchura scored the other goal for the 'Yotes, who are under new ownership. Mike Smith denied 23 of the 24 shots he faced in the victory. Marc Staal scored the lone goal in New York's first game under new head coach Alain Vigneault. Henrik Lundqvist allowed all four goals on 32 shots in defeat.
Caps Take Home Opener In Shootout
(Washington DC) -- Alex Ovechkin and Mikhail Grabovski connected on shootout goals and Michal Neuvirth stoned the Flames on back-to-back shoot out shots as the Caps beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 from the Verizon Center. Ovechkin added two goals and an assist on the evening. Neuvirth saved 27-of-28 shots in relief of Braden Holtby as the Capitals evened their record to 1-1 on the young season.
Sharks Skate Past Canucks
(San Jose, CA) -- The Sharks erased a one-goal deficit after the first period to cruise to a season-opening 4-1 win over Vancouver at the SAP Center. Logan Couture tallied a pair of assists and four different Sharks players scored goals. Antti Niemi had 21 saves in the win. The Sharks host the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.
Blackhawks Battle Bolts
(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night in the second game of the season for both teams. The Blackhawks defeated Washington 6-4 on Tuesday to start the season. The Bolts lost 3-1 to Boston last night.
Thursday, October 3 Scoreboard
Boston Bruins 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, New Jersey Devils 0
Washington Capitals 5, Calgary Flames 4 (SO)
Los Angeles Kings 3, Minnesota Wild 2 (SO)
St. Louis Blues 4, Nashville Predators 2
Florida Panthers 4, Dallas Stars 2
San Jose Sharks 4, Vancouver Canucks 1
Phoenix Coyotes 4, New York Rangers 1
Friday, October 4 (All Times Central)
6:00 p.m. - Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres
6:00 p.m. - New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils
6:00 p.m. - Detroit Red Wings at Carolina Hurricanes
6:00 p.m. - Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:00 p.m. - Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets
8:00 p.m. - Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche