- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 3, 2009


Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby watched the Penguins raise their Stanley Cup banner, then got the NHL champions off to a familiar start by scoring their first two goals during Pittsburgh’s home victory over the rival New York Rangers on Friday night.

Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored 1:08 apart in the second period to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead and allow them to withstand Marian Gaborik’s first goal for the Rangers, the only scoring during the third period.

Rangers coach John Tortorella wanted his team to watch the Penguins’ pregame ceremony, if only to show them the rewards a championship season can bring, but logistical problems prevented that. Once the game started, the Penguins offered numerous reminders of why they’ve played in the finals the last two seasons and beat Detroit in Game 7 in June.

Malkin, the league’s leading scorer last season, and Crosby, No. 3 in scoring, each got their first of the season and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves — including a goal-saving, glove-hand stop on Vinny Prospal late in the first period. The Rangers would have led 2-1 if Prospal had scored and might have seized some of the momentum created by the Penguins’ pregame celebration.

N.Y. Rangers101 - 2

Pittsburgh120 - 3

First period - 1, Pittsburgh, Malkin 1 (Gonchar, Goligoski), 7:48 (pp). 2, N.Y. Rangers, Drury 1 (Higgins), 16:01.

Second period - 3, Pittsburgh, Crosby 1 (Letang, Guerin), 12:25. 4, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 1 (Goligoski, J.Staal), 13:33.

Third period - 5, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 1 (Dubinsky, M.Staal), 5:56.

Shots on Goal - N.Y. Rangers 7-12-8 - 27. Pittsburgh 9-12-10 - 31. Power-play - N.Y. Rangers 0 of 4; Pittsburgh 1 of 2. Goalies - N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 0-1-0 (31 shots-28 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 1-0-0 (27-25). A - 17,132 (16,940). T - 2:20.


Ray Emery made 28 saves in his Philadelphia debut, leading the Flyers to a road victory over Carolina in their opener in Raleigh, N.C.

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored 22 seconds apart on the power play for Philadelphia. The Flyers put their first two shots of the second period past Cam Ward and held on for their eighth win in 10 meetings with Carolina.

Playing two days after signing a six-year, $37.8 million contract, Ward stopped 25 shots for Carolina. The Hurricanes came up empty on all eight of their power-play chances and were shut out in their opener for the first time in franchise history.

Emery finished with his ninth career shutout.

With Sergei Samsonov serving a double-minor for high-sticking, Carter gave Philadelphia the lead 25 seconds into the period when he backhanded a rebound past Ward. Moments later, Richards made it a two-goal game on a deflection through traffic.

Philadelphia020 - 2

Carolina000 - 0

First period - None.

Second period - 1, Philadelphia, Carter 1 (Briere, Hartnell), :25 (pp). 2, Philadelphia, Richards 1 (Gagne, van Riemsdyk), :47 (pp).

Third period - None.

Shots on Goal - Philadelphia 15-7-5 - 27. Carolina 8-8-12 - 28. Power-play - Philadelphia 2 of 5; Carolina 0 of 8. Goalies - Philadelphia, Emery 1-0-0 (28 shots-28 saves). Carolina, C.Ward 0-1-0 (27-25). A - 18,680 (18,680). T - 2:25.


Paul Kariya scored two goals as St. Louis rallied to edge Detroit in Stockholm in their opening game of the regular season.

St. Louis turned it around by scoring three straight goals within a span of 5:05 in the second period.

The comeback started when Kariya got the first of his two goals on the power play, beating goalie Chris Osgood with a shot from the point. The veteran forward scored again at 17:36 to win it, beating Osgood with a shot to the stick side after skating in alone.

B.J. Crombeen had tied the score 3-3 when he knocked in a rebound.

The Blues’ win spoiled the homecoming of seven Swedes on the Detroit team.

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, a six-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman who hails from a city near Stockholm, had a disappointing outing and finished with no points.

St. Louis130 - 4

Detroit210 - 3

First period - 1, St. Louis, McClement 1 (Winchester), 7:54. 2, Detroit, Ericsson 1 (Draper, Maltby), 10:42. 3, Detroit, Maltby 1, 14:01 (sh).

Second period - 4, Detroit, Leino 1 (Cleary, Kronwall), 7:17 (pp). 5, St. Louis, Kariya 1 (McDonald, Tkachuk), 12:31 (pp). 6, St. Louis, Crombeen 1 (McClement), 14:39. 7, St. Louis, Kariya 2 (Oshie), 17:36.

Third period - None.

Shots on Goal - St. Louis 7-8-8 - 23. Detroit 16-9-9 - 34. Power-play - St. Louis 1 of 4; Detroit 1 of 5. Goalies - St. Louis, Mason 1-0-0 (34 shots-31 saves). Detroit, Osgood 0-1-0 (23-19). A - 13,850 (14,119). T - 2:32.


Finnish defender Ville Koistinen scored the winning goal in the shootout, lifting Florida past Chicago in Helsinki.

Koistinen also scored in regulation, giving the local fans a thrill in the first NHL game on Finnish ice.

Steven Reinprecht also connected in the shootout for Florida.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane scored the first NHL goal on Finnish soil, and assisted on another. Another of the Blackhawks’ young stars, Jonathan Toews, scored in the shootout.

But Tomas Vokoun stopped Patrick Sharp in the final round of the shootout for the win.

Chicago took the lead in the shootout as Toews beat Vokoun. But Reinprecht tied it and Vokoun made a strong save on Kane with his left pad.

Koistinen gave Florida the lead and Sharp missed Chicago’s last try before 12,056 in the 13,500-capacity Hartwall Arena.

Sharp scored at 11:36 of the third period for a 3-2 edge, but David Booth fired in a high shot with 2:21 remaining to make it 3-3.

Florida0120 - 4

Chicago0120 - 3

Florida won shootout 2-1

First period - None.

Second period - 1, Chicago, Kane 1 (Hjalmarsson), 5:19. 2, Florida, Frolik 1 (Reinprecht, Seidenberg), 13:01.

Third period - 3, Chicago, Byfuglien 1 (Kane, Seabrook), 3:52. 4, Florida, Koistinen 1 (Stillman, Frolik), 7:29. 5, Chicago, Sharp 1 (Versteeg, B.Campbell), 11:36. 6, Florida, Booth 1, 17:39.

Overtime - None.

Shootout - Florida 2 (Reinprecht G, Koistinen G), Chicago 1 (Toews G, Kane NG, Sharp NG).

Shots on Goal - Florida 8-8-7-1 - 24. Chicago 10-16-24-5 - 55. Power-play - Florida 0 of 3; Chicago 0 of 3. Goalies - Florida, Vokoun 1-0-0 (55 shots-52 saves). Chicago, Huet 0-0-1 (24-21). A - 12,056 (13,464). T - 2:35.

Thursday’s late game


Wojtek Wolski scored two goals and Craig Anderson stopped 38 shots, lifting Colorado to a season-opening win over San Jose in Denver after the Avalanche retired Joe Sakic’s No. 19.

Darcy Tucker, Cody McLeod and John-Michael Liles also scored, making a winner out of new Avalanche coach Joe Sacco.

Patrick Marleau had two goals for San Jose, which dropped to 0-5-2 in season openers on the road.

Evgeni Nabokov allowed all five goals on 20 shots. He remains one victory shy of becoming the 38th goalie in NHL history to win 250 games.

The Avalanche are starting their 14th season in Denver, and first without their longtime captain Sakic. His number was raised to the Pepsi Center rafters in a ceremony before the game. Sakic’s number is the third retired since the Avalanche relocated from Quebec in 1995, joining Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77).

San Jose110 - 2

Colorado230 - 5

First period - 1, Colorado, Tucker 1 (Liles, Galiardi), 2:03. 2, San Jose, Marleau 1 (Pavelski), 5:47. 3, Colorado, Wolski 1 (Hejduk, Stastny), 9:05.

Second period - 4, Colorado, McLeod 1 (Stewart, O’Reilly), 5:12. 5, San Jose, Marleau 2 (Pavelski, Boyle), 8:26 (pp). 6, Colorado, Wolski 2 (Stastny, Quincey), 9:48. 7, Colorado, Liles 1 (Clark, Duchene), 12:17 (pp).

Third period - None.

Shots on Goal - San Jose 12-9-19 - 40. Colorado 7-12-1 - 20. Power-play - San Jose 1 of 6; Colorado 1 of 4. Goalies - San Jose, Nabokov 0-1-0 (20 shots-15 saves). Colorado, Anderson 1-0-0 (40-38). A - 18,007 (18,007). T - 2:13.

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