October 5, 2018 / 5:53 AM / 2 years ago

NHL roundup: Pens need OT to outlast Caps

Kris Letang scored from the top of the slot on a power play at 1:20 of overtime Thursday to give the host Pittsburgh Penguins a wild, 7-6 win over the rival Washington Capitals.

Oct 4, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) waves to the crowd as the number one star of the game against the Washington Capitals at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-6 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Letang finished with two goals and an assist, Jake Guentzel scored twice and Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh in its season opener.

T.J. Oshie scored twice in 21 seconds in the third period for a 6-6 tie and added an assist for Washington, which was coming off a 7-0 rout of the Boston Bruins in its opener on Wednesday.

Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)

Artemi Panarin scored at the 2:11 mark in overtime to give visiting Columbus a victory over Detroit in the season opener for both teams.

Panarin skated in from the blue line to the right circle and fired the puck to the far side past Jimmy Howard. Nick Foligno and Markus Nutivaara assisted on the game-winner.

Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, while Panarin, Anthony Duclair, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Brandon Dubinsky contributed assists. Tyler Bertuzzi and Dennis Cholowski scored for Detroit, which has lost seven consecutive times to Columbus.

Predators 3, Rangers 2

P.K. Subban scored the tiebreaking goal with 16:32 left in the third period, and Nashville spoiled the coaching debut of David Quinn with a victory at New York.

The defenseman gave the reigning Presidents’ Trophy champions the lead after Rangers defenseman Adam McQuaid was injured by a high stick that went uncalled. Colton Sissons won the faceoff in the left circle, made a quick pass to Mattias Ekholm, who dished to Subban, whose blast from the right point sailed over Henrik Lundqvist’s left shoulder.

Sissons added an empty-net goal, which turned out to be the game-winner when Pavel Buchnevich scored on a deflection with 24.1 seconds remaining.

Blackhawks 4, Senators 3 (OT)

Patrick Kane scored 38 seconds into overtime as Chicago came back to beat host Ottawa in the season opener for both teams.

Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, and Brent Seabrook forced overtime with a third-period goal for Chicago. Goalie Cam Ward, making his Blackhawks debut after spending his first 13 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes, recorded 22 saves.

Max Lajoie scored in his NHL debut for Ottawa, which also got goals from Zack Smith and Colin White.

Islanders 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT)

Josh Bailey scored on a power play 43 seconds into overtime, and goalie Thomas Greiss made 45 saves to give New York coach Barry Trotz a successful debut in a victory against Carolina at Raleigh, N.C.

Valtteri Filppula scored in the second period for the Islanders.

Carolina’s Jordan Staal was credited with a tying goal with 1:35 left in regulation when Dougie Hamilton’s blast bounced off him and into the net. The Hurricanes had been going with an extra skater for about 90 seconds.

Jets 5, Blues 1

Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist, and Winnipeg opened its season in impressive fashion, recording a victory at St. Louis.

The result continued Winnipeg’s recent dominance over its Central Division rivals. The Jets are now 9-2-0 over their past 11 games against the Blues, including six wins in their past seven visits to St. Louis.

Three third-period Jets goals in less than a two-minute span blew open what had been a closely contested game.

Stars 3, Coyotes 0

Dallas scored three times over a 1-minute, 36-second span of the second period, and Ben Bishop turned away 30 shots for the 25th shutout of his career for a victory over visiting Arizona in the season-opening game for both teams.

The win granted new Stars coach Jim Montgomery success in his NHL coaching debut.

Devin Shore scored the first goal of the season for the Stars, and Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg quickly followed with tallies.

Avalanche 4, Wild 1

Mikko Rantanen and Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist each, Nathan MacKinnon and J.T. Compher also scored, and Colorado beat visiting Minnesota in the season opener for both teams.

Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves for Colorado, which put the game away with two late empty-net goals. Zach Parise had a goal and Devyn Dubnyk stopped 36 shots for Minnesota.

The Wild were fortunate to be down only 2-1 after two periods. Minnesota managed just five shots in the first 20 minutes and eight in the second frame while the Avalanche kept throwing pucks at Dubnyk. Colorado wound up with a 40-21 edge in shots on goal.

Flyers 5, Golden Knights 2

Wayne Simmonds scored two goals, and Brian Elliott made 23 saves as visiting Philadelphia cruised to a victory over defending Western Conference champion Vegas in the season opener for both teams at Las Vegas.

Robert Hagg had a goal and an assist, and Oskar Lindblom and Scott Laughton also scored goals for Philadelphia, which finished third in the Metropolitan Division last season. Jakub Voracek added two assists.

Jonathan Marchessault and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare each scored for Vegas, which before the game raised championship banners for winning both the Pacific Division and the Western Conference during a storybook expansion that ended up with a 4-1 series loss to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final.

Bruins 4, Sabres 0

Brad Marchand had four assists, and Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves as visiting Boston rebounded from an embarrassing season-opening loss to shut out Buffalo.

Zdeno Chara, Ryan Donato, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron scored goals for the Bruins.

Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, played north of 22 minutes in his NHL debut. At 18 years, 175 days, he’s the second-youngest player to appear in a game for the Sabres behind fellow top pick Pierre Turgeon, who was 18 years, 41 days at the time of his first game in 1987.

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